Heavy Rains Reveal Creek Streets
March 22, 2011 § 3 Comments
After Sunday’s daylong rainstorms, the rains ended and the sky still looked plenty cloudy Monday-yesterday, I bundled up and was bicycling into downtown, when I came to this massive puddle across from LaFayette Park. The photo shows the south side of Wilshire Boulevard between Commonwealth Avenue and Hoover Street. I didn’t get a shot of it, but there was a least a couple of feet of water in the park itself. The southwest corner of the park, normally enjoyed by lots of skateboarders, was being enjoyed by a half-dozen ducks.
Creek Freaks will recall (from Jessica’s earlier article Commerce over creeks at Wilshire + Hoover and other mentions since) that this particular dip in Wilshire Boulevard, and this part of LaFayette Park, were historically Arroyo de la Brea – a creek tributary of Ballona Creek.
In the past I’ve also noticed post-rainstorm large puddles at Silver Lake Boulevard, where it crosses under Temple Street – which is part of Arroyo de la Sacatela. I am curious to put the question out to creek freak readers: after Sunday’s major storm event, did you spot any other creek streets making themselves visible? Do they correspond to historic creeks that used to flow through Southern California? (and still do!)