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February 27, 2014
Laguna Beach police are encouraging business owners and residents to set up flood gates Friday, one of several precautions as a powerful winter storm is expected to hit the region and continue through Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued several watches and advisories, including flash flood and wind, police said in a news release. High tide is scheduled for 8:06 a.m. Friday. The city is preparing for the storm by boosting staffing in police and public works departments, contacting schools, activating an additional fire engine to handle calls for service, and working with county agencies to keep communication lines open in case assistance is needed.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
A Laguna Beach resident accidentally backed her car into the Laguna Canyon Creek storm channel Wednesday afternoon but was uninjured, city police said. The 62-year-old woman had parked her two-door Mercedes Benz convertible at the Verizon Wireless lot, 495 Broadway St., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. When the driver got back in, she mistakenly backed the car through a chain-link fence, and it dropped into the channel, Callus wrote. Laguna Beach Fire Department personnel evaluated the woman, but she refused medical treatment and called a cab, Callus said.
NEWS
January 14, 2005
Lauren Vane On Wednesday morning, Laguna Beach residents finally awoke to sunny skies. As residents wring out the water, the city looks forward to what the National Weather Service predicts will be a dry week. Nearly six inches of rain fell in Laguna Beach during the brunt of the storm from Friday to Tuesday, said Gregg Barton of the city's water quality division. "That's a lot of water and I hope that's it," Barton said. City officials said that Laguna weathered the storm without any major problems.
NEWS
October 22, 2004
Laguna Beach breezed through a strong storm this week with little damage and no injuries. "We are really lucky compared to some inland cities," fire department aid Carrie Joyce said. "The biggest problem we had was getting sandbags out to people." The storm dropped 1.45 inches of rain between Monday and 7 a.m. Thursday, measured at City Hall. "Public works received no reports of major damage except for a hole poked in a roof on Broadway by a eucalyptus branch," Public Works Director Steve May said.
NEWS
October 21, 2010
A powerful, slow-moving storm system pounded Laguna Beach and the surrounding area with rain, thunder and lightning early in the week. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the city, and 1.6 inches of rain was reported at City Hall in a 24-hour period on Tuesday, according to news accounts. The lightning was most intense early Tuesday morning, but there were no problems reported to Laguna Beach Police as a result of the storm, according to Sgt. Louise Callus. The National Weather Service issued a warning of very strong currents, possibly severe rip currents and dangerous swimming conditions along the Orange County coast on Friday.
NEWS
August 1, 2003
Barbara Diamond Mother Nature wrung out the skies Monday night and let it pour Wednesday morning. Rare July thunderstorms and then rain provided a welcome change from the seemingly endless leaden skies that have cast their pall over Laguna. The annual June gloom began in mid-May and was still with us as we headed into August. This year, the weather has even trumped tourists as the main complaint of summer. "I have lived here 20 years and I don't ever remember seeing it overcast all day," said Woods Cove resident Cathy Wyatt, who moved here from Virginia.
LOCAL
By Catharine Cooper | October 17, 2008
It seemed incomprehensible that Santa Ana winds whipped through the canyons and once again turned parched hillsides into conflagrations. I was sitting in the path of a Hurricane Norbert, and rain fell from the sky in buckets. Norbert had his origins off the southern coast of Mexico as a loosely formed tropical depression, and slowly grew as it ambled toward the coast of Baja at a leisurely 7 to 10 knots. To the great surprise of those who predict the course and strength of these storms, Norbert went from a Category 1 to a 4 on the Safir-Simpson scale.
NEWS
February 25, 2005
CHERRIL DOTY "The world is mud-luscious ... puddle-wonderful." e.e. cummings The untamed sea let loose by the storm, even at low tide, crashed with a thunderous roar as I walked the shore this week. Wild, exhilarating wind whipped at my face. Muddy water sluiced over the cliffs and ran into the sea. Scurrying sandpiper feet stitched the smooth wet sand in quilt-like patterns even as the larger shorebirds sat patiently faced south into the wind, smoothing ruffled feathers.
NEWS
May 30, 2003
WEATHER TIDBITS The first tropical storm of the season is tracking at a rapid pace to the west, situated about 1,000 miles southwest of the tip of Baja, not affecting our weather or surf. Aleeda formed on May 21, about 1,100 miles south southeast of the tip of Baja and hurried due west (270 degrees). When they form that far down there, they usually do trek to the west, especially this early in the season. This storm marks the fourth consecutive year that a spinner was born in May, way early in the season.
NEWS
December 30, 2010
Once again, Laguna Beach has been in the eye of a storm of nature. This time it was a massive, seven-day rainstorm that culminated with a huge downpour early Wednesday morning that sent waters flooding through Laguna Creek and tested the mettle of residents and swift-water rescue teams trying to help them to safety. The good news is that, despite some scary moments, no one was killed or badly injured, with the exception of three small animals — a rabbit and two chickens — stuck in the city animal shelter during the deluge.
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February 27, 2014
Laguna Beach police are encouraging business owners and residents to set up flood gates Friday, one of several precautions as a powerful winter storm is expected to hit the region and continue through Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued several watches and advisories, including flash flood and wind, police said in a news release. High tide is scheduled for 8:06 a.m. Friday. The city is preparing for the storm by boosting staffing in police and public works departments, contacting schools, activating an additional fire engine to handle calls for service, and working with county agencies to keep communication lines open in case assistance is needed.
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NEWS
February 20, 2014
A Laguna Beach resident accidentally backed her car into the Laguna Canyon Creek storm channel Wednesday afternoon but was uninjured, city police said. The 62-year-old woman had parked her two-door Mercedes Benz convertible at the Verizon Wireless lot, 495 Broadway St., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. When the driver got back in, she mistakenly backed the car through a chain-link fence, and it dropped into the channel, Callus wrote. Laguna Beach Fire Department personnel evaluated the woman, but she refused medical treatment and called a cab, Callus said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 20, 2014
A proposed 30-unit, live-work space for artists in the canyon would provide environmental benefits, according to the sculptor who wants permission to build the development. Louis Longi said his project would include a way to capture storm water runoff from Laguna Canyon Road before it reaches Laguna Canyon Creek, which borders the eastern edge of his property. Plans call for several bioswales - ground depressions where water would gently seep into the soil and be filtered before it runs into the stream - surrounding the two, two-story buildings.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | February 13, 2014
Before the Orange Coast League girls' water polo season got underway last month, Laguna Beach, for many a good reason, was dubbed the odds-on favorite to sprint away with the league championship. Well, that league season came to a close Wednesday and the Breakers not only met those odds, they obliterated them. The top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1 stepped on the pedal early against visiting Costa Mesa, steadily built an insurmountable lead, and accelerated to a 23-1 victory that capped another undefeated run (4-0)
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 17, 2011
Laguna Beach cannot control storms, but flooding can be reduced and measures can be taken to better prepare residents and businesses for the next deluge, according to a task force report. With a presentation at Tuesday's City Council meeting, the Laguna Canyon Flood Task Force culminated eight months of reviewing floods in the canyon and considering ways to shore up the city's defense against the next deluge. "A recent study revealed that the ocean-facing slopes of Laguna have only about 7 inches of topsoil overlaying steep, impermeable rock," task force Chairman Eric Jessen told the council.
NEWS
December 30, 2010
Once again, Laguna Beach has been in the eye of a storm of nature. This time it was a massive, seven-day rainstorm that culminated with a huge downpour early Wednesday morning that sent waters flooding through Laguna Creek and tested the mettle of residents and swift-water rescue teams trying to help them to safety. The good news is that, despite some scary moments, no one was killed or badly injured, with the exception of three small animals — a rabbit and two chickens — stuck in the city animal shelter during the deluge.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | December 30, 2010
Mayor Toni Iseman has called a special meeting for 1 p.m. today at City Hall to address the needs of folks whose homes and belongings were damaged or destroyed by the storms of December. Folks who have suffered a loss are asked to come to the meeting or at least make their names and contact number available. Forms are available at City Hall. "We don't know who to help or how to help them if we don't know who they are or where they are," Iseman said. Many of the residents forced out of their Laguna Canyon homes have found shelter in neighbors' homes, canyon resident Ann Quilter said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By James Pribram | December 23, 2010
The pineapple express is certainly in full effect with relentless rain now going onto the fifth day. It's been at least five years since the last winter like this that I remember and we all know how that year ended up — with the devastating landslide in Bluebird Canyon on June 1, 2005. And who can forget the winter of 1997-98, when it seemed that every other week, downtown Laguna was flooded, and then there was the horrifying slide in Laguna Canyon. Specifically the Castlerock slide, that lead to the death of one and the heroic rescue of a toddler.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
Ten inches of rain pounded Laguna Beach over the past week, sending floodwaters from an overflowed Laguna Creek crashing over streets and closing Laguna Canyon Road and parts of downtown Laguna Beach on Wednesday after the rainfall reached a peak. Twenty-five people were rescued early Wednesday during the height of the storm. Swift-water rescue teams pulled people from vehicles or homes that were threatened by a raging Laguna Creek, according to Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz.
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