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City of Los Angeles Storm Response - Tuesday Morning Update

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LOS ANGELES – The City of Los Angeles maintains its urgent response to the effects of this storm and continues to drive recovery efforts from the previous early February storms. The Emergency Operations Center is activated to a Level 2 to monitor the impacts and coordinate the resources needed to respond to the new storm system moving into Los Angeles. A Level 2 activation is a strongly enhanced level of operation in which every necessary agency staffs the Emergency Operations Center around the clock. Emergency crews continue to respond to the effects of the storm and potential mud and debris flows, power outages, and roadway obstructions. 

The next update is expected Tuesday around 6:00 PM via a paper release.

Over the past week, the City has worked to repair more than 4,000 potholes, reinforce hills that are at risk of mudslides and prevent power outages by making repairs to underground equipment and vaults that had flooded during the previous storm.

The National Weather Service reports the potential for continued moderate to heavy rain today, Tuesday, February 20, and gusty winds continuing into tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 21, with possibility for thunderstorms.

Angelenos should register for NotifyLA for local alerts regarding this storm. The City's Emergency Management Department will post impact updates here. Significant road closures or transportation impacts will be shown here

The City’s Preparation and Response

In advance of the storm, LAFD added three additional teams for swift-water rescue, as well as additional community emergency response (CERT), urban search and rescue, heavy equipment operators, tractor companies, helicopter pilots, command staff, and 9-1-1 dispatchers. The LAFD remains vigilant and on call.

As of 8:00 AM on Tuesday, February 20, the City has reported the following operations and calls for service:

  • 87 reports of fallen trees and branches, 15 reports resolved 

  • 39 reported flooding incidents including blockages of catch basins/storm drain blockages, 27 reports resolved

  • 31 reports of debris and mudflow

  • 460 LADWP customers with outages as of 8:00 AM, restored 29,202 customers’ power

The Mayor has directed all City Departments to actively respond to the effects of this storm:

  • The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has inspection staff prepared to perform assessments of damages caused by the storm and is working closely with the Emergency Management Department. 

  • Since the last storm, grading assessments on private property were conducted by the Department of Building and Safety, which informed homeowners of precautionary measures to take ahead of the rain to protect their land against the potential of future mudslides. The City has worked with County and State entities to ensure engineers have assessed debris flows starting on public land. 

  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power remains poised to respond to situations that may arise. Crews are stationed at field yards and were responding throughout the holiday weekend. 

  • Department of Transportation Traffic officers have been deployed to support multiple closures and direct drivers away from impacted areas. Drivers are advised to avoid canyon roads which may be subject to sudden and intermittent closures as City crews work on assessment and repairs.

  • The Los Angeles Police Department is ensuring that calls for service are handled and to provide support for evacuations as needed. Each patrol division is providing checks of critical infrastructure for fire, flooding, and wind damage.

  • All of Los Angeles World Airports’ on-call personnel are available to respond in case of operational impacts. Passengers are encouraged to confirm their flight’s status before they depart for LAX and to allow for enough time to travel to and from LAX.

  • Los Angeles Animal Services’ Animal Control Officers and SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal and Rescue Team) are ready to respond to any evacuation or rescue efforts. SMART also works closely with LAFD and Los Angeles County’s Urban Search and Rescue/Swift Water teams for animal-related rescues during heavy rains.

  • 311 extended its Monday operating hours until 10:00 PM. Operating hours on Tuesday will be 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and may be adjusted as needed. 311 will also be providing public information updates about the storm as it progresses. Calls related to the storm will be tracked. Angelenos are encouraged to download the MyLA311 app. 

  • Los Angeles Public Library branches will operate under normal hours. Angelenos can visit for updated hours.

  • Port of Los Angeles officials have been in contact with marine terminals and local stakeholders to make sure they are aware of, and prepared for, storm conditions.  Long-established protocols are in place with Port Pilots, the Marine Exchange of Southern California, and others to protect vessels if high winds become a factor.

  • The Bureau of Street Services, also known as StreetsLA, has heavy-duty trucks available to assist with downed trees and street blockages. 

  • In accordance with its departmental Wet-Weather Preparedness and Operations Plan, the Water Reclamation Plants, Clean Water Conveyance, and Watershed Protection Divisions of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) have conducted pre-storm activities, including maximizing plant flows to relieve the sewer conveyance system and have extra staff on standby. Significant rains, as currently predicted, will add substantial flow to our sewer system, our water reclamation plants, and our stormwater system, so LASAN is on alert and ready to address any of these issues.

  • L.A. Zoo animals will have access to their indoor holding areas as necessary to ensure their safety and comfort. The Zoo will continuously monitor the weather and the conditions on campus to ensure the safety of guests, staff, and animals.

Power Outages:

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has reported that as of 8:00 AM, Tuesday, there are currently 460 customers experiencing power outages and the DWP restored power to 29,202 customers.

Saturated soil and wind conditions during storms can increase the likelihood of downed or damaged wires. Never approach or touch any wire that is down or dangling. Always assume downed wires are live and dangerous and immediately report it by calling 9-1-1.

Traffic Impacts & Road Closures:

Mulholland Drive is closed between Skyline Drive and Bowmont Drive with an additional soft closure on Benedict Canyon between Mulholland Drive and Hutton Drive. Soft closures also remain at Mulholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon Drive.

Sepulveda Basin (between Burbank and Havenhurst and Victory Boulevard and Woodley Avenue) are closed due to flooding. 

LADOT Traffic Officers have been deployed to support closures and direct drivers away from impacted areas. As recovery work continues, drivers are advised to avoid canyon roads which may be subject to sudden and intermittent closures as city crews work on assessment and repairs.

Caltrans has closed the Northbound 405 Freeway off-ramp for Skirball Center Dr./Mulholland Dr. due to a sinkhole. 

Helping the Unhoused:

People experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable during weather emergencies, and the City, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and other County agencies have mobilized shelter and transportation resources. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Homelessness Solutions added more capacity by increasing the number of hotel vouchers available to help unhoused Angelenos to come indoors during the rain. LAHSA outreach workers began communicating about the storm and offering resources to the most vulnerable areas on Thursday with a particular focus on areas of extreme flooding like the L.A. River and the Sepulveda Basin.
Resources For Impacted Angelenos:

Angelenos whose homes were impacted by the early February storms are encouraged to take the following recommended actions:

  • Take pictures of the current damages to property and/or structure.

  • Take steps to protect your property/structure from further damage.

  • Complete the damage assessment survey if you have not yet done so or if there is additional damage to report - Survey in English here and in Spanish here.

For more information on additional recovery resources from the early February storm, please visit

Metro Updates:

Metro is running its regular weekday service and operations continue as normal. For more information, please check Metro’s X social media channel for real-time updates on service. People are also invited to call (323) GO-METRO (323) 466-3876 for more information.

LAUSD School Updates:

At this time, all schools are open. Los Angeles Unified has engaged in several precautions to ensure the safety of school communities. Please visit, @LAschools or KLCS-TV for updates, or contact the Family Hotline at 213-443-1300 for additional help. 

To contact the Joint Information Center at the Emergency Operations Center, please call 

(213) 484-4855.