El Nino Affecting Homeless

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“It looked like Niagra Falls,” declared Wayne Socha, a Los Angeles Resident, when describing the affects of the huge storm accurately named El Nino. It’s turning out to be one of the largest storms in history, stretching all the way to the gulf coast. For a place like Los Angeles, that barely gets a few days of rain every season, the storm is catching many residents and homeless living by the LA river completely unprepared.

Unprecedented flooding of the LA riverbed is causing quite a situation for Fire-Rescue teams, along with the LAPD, receiving over 75 calls in 3 hours on Tuesday. Another less powerful storm came right on the heels of the first one not allowing residents much time to recover.

Los Angeles authorities spent days getting homeless people from low-lying areas along the LA River and other waterways prone to flooding. Shuttles were available to shelters that had room for as many as 6,000 beds, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. They will be forcibly removed from dangerous areas if they refuse to leave. “We’re not going to charge them with things, but we will use the force of law — there is law on the books that they can’t be there,” Garcetti said.

The upside to the dangerous flooding has been that at the same time a record drought has been hitting California. The National Weather Service said a record 1.42 inches of rain fell Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport.

SEE ALSO: “Young Man Helps Elderly Woman Cross Street During A Storm”

Article: ABC News