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Mailbag: Downtown flooding problem could have a fix

December 30, 2010

As I see the flooding of downtown Laguna again I recall the countless times retired (now deceased) Civil Engineer Gary Alstot showed the City Council what the problem is and how to fix it only to be put off for a variety of reasons. The problem is that the main large channel that runs from the canyon down to Beach Street is suddenly forced to run through a much smaller channel under town for a long block to empty in the ocean.

Of course when heavy rains occur all of that water in the main channel that ends at Beach Street cannot pass through that narrow channel under town and floods up over Beach Street and down Broadway and all over downtown. Alstot proposed to make a full-sized channel under Broadway down to the ocean that would connect to the existing large channel at Beach Street. This would have cured most of the dramatic flooding that occurs every few years.

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As I remember, the county and state engineers concurred with that proposed plan but the city officials and some of the Broadway merchants were concerned that downtown would lose some business if one side of Broadway was torn up to install the new under-the-road channel. As Alstot would have said: "Just wondering which costs the town the most: a one-time construction project or frequent flooding, street closures, and clean-ups?"

Dave Connell

Laguna Beach

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Grateful for city's help after storm

On behalf of the homeless people who call the city of Laguna Beach's Alternative Sleeping Location home, I am writing to express our profound thanks for the quick work and caring approach that the city and the Red Cross took in ensuring appropriate shelter was available for our residents during the recent flooding.

The ASL was rendered inaccessible due to the storms and flooding overnight on Dec. 21. The city efficiently, effectively and safely evacuated all residents very early Wednesday morning to a Red Cross-operated shelter at the high school.

The Red Cross volunteers were helpful and accommodating to our residents and the city staff were effective in returning us safely to the ASL when it was safe to do so on Friday morning.

In a time of leadership transition for the city government, from our perspective all responses to the storm and its aftermath worked smoothly and effectively. Special thanks to city leaders, city staff and the Red Cross. We are grateful!

Dawn Price

Laguna Beach

Dawn Price is executive director of the Friendship Shelter.

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Shelter damage went unreported

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