Friday, February 13, 2009

It Always Rains in February

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 2005. Many trees fell in Red Car Canyon during the record rains of 2005. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

In February 2005, neighbors anxiously watched nearby slopes and eucalyptus trees as record rainfall soaked Los Angeles. Trees went down all over the Red Car Property. Saturated slopes slid at both the Corralitas and Adelbert ends of the property. The Adelbert slide undermined the street. Red Car Canyon between Lake View and Corralitas (photo above) was often impassable due to downed trees and standing water.

There was so much water on the Red Car Property that year, a stream ran from the canyon to Corralitas Drive as well as the opposite direction, to India St. It fooled the Great Blue Heron, whose daily morning flight path crossed the Red Car Property on route from the LA River to Silver Lake Reservoir. The heron changed his flight path to follow the Red Car Property stream, just in case there was something worth fishing out of the stream.