Unique Flood and Drainage Problems in Los Angeles

by G. J. Pederson, Los Angeles County Dep of Public, Works, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Iraj Nasseri, Los Angeles County Dep of Public, Works, Los Angeles, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution

Abstract: Storm drainage for the coastal cities has to traverse highly used sandy recreational beaches. Due to new requirements on the construction of storm drains to the ocean, a beach outlet has been designed that would be invisible during the summer months yet function effectively during wet periods in the winter. Brush fires during the dry summer months are inevitable in Los Angeles County and major floods generally follow the fires. The hydrologic characteristics of burned watersheds has been analyzed and the extreme floods resulting from the occurrence of historical storms following the brush fires are simulated by the Stanford Watershed Model.

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Drainage | Floods | Storm sewers | Hydrologic models | Hydraulic structures | Fires | Beaches | Storms | North America | California | Los Angeles | United States

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