Now that Southern California is getting into the rainy season, hopefully that is, we are presenting this post on the dangers of flood control channels. Every year, reports come in of people or animals falling in or getting swept up in full flood control channels just after a good rain. Despite all the warnings on local news channels and municipal agencies, people still venture too close to the channels and for some, come to a horrible end.
We are now warning people to stay away from the flood control channels!!
It is not hard to forget about Adam Bischoff who was swept into the LA River back in February 12th, 1992. Ultimately he could not be saved and drowned as a result. His story is the number one reason why people needs to stay away from the flood control channels after rainfall. Parent’s that have kids living near flood control channels must teach their kids the dangers of flood control channels. The last thing we need is team coverage on another incident such as the Adam Bischoff drowning.
Although many agencies train for swift water rescue, there is no guarantee that they will make a save. Tragically many will continue to lose their lives.
When it rains in Los Angeles County, flood control channels, rivers, and arroyos can quickly fill up with fast-moving water, creating a potentially life-threatening danger to anyone who gets caught or swept away.
- It is against the law to be down inside a flood control channel, regardless of whether it is wet or dry.
What should do you if you see a person or dog in a flood control channel? Immediately call 9-1-1 and report the location. Upon the call, emergency units will be activated and they will respond accordingly.
Did you know in Los Angeles County:
- There are 470 miles of open channels
- 2,400 miles of underground storm channels
- 70,000 street drains
- Open channels range in size from 2 to 600 feet wide and are 2 to 40 feet in depth
- It is against the law to be down inside of a flood control channel, regardless of whether it is wet or dry
- Local swift water rescue teams respond to about 100 river rescue calls per year
- On average, there are 6 to 10 fatalities per year in Los Angeles County flood control channels
- Children 5 to 15 years of age make up the highest percentage of rescues made