Centennial Santa Monica trees fall on cars and homes during latest storm
There have been 11 “atmospheric river” showers this year and the impact on native trees is clear.
3:16 pm: In Santa Monica 90402, work crews cut trees that have fallen during the latest in a series of storms. In one case, they crashed a 25-year-old BMW. “Claim filed,” read a sign in the window of the wrecked car.
The 2023 storm series is an event at least once every 25 years. The total rainfall in Los Angeles exceeds 24 inches. In a typical year, the county receives about 14.5 inches of rain. There have been 11 “atmospheric fluvial” showers this year, events where the Pacific Ocean has brought heavy rainfall over a relatively large area of California. The impact on native trees is obvious.
The two fallen trees we saw were over a hundred years old.
Los Angeles County tweeted a call for the public to report issues such as fallen trees. “Is #LARain causing problems in your area? call
@lacopublicworks at 800-675-4357 to report fallen trees, traffic lights out, and flooding on county roads.”
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