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Massive Sierra Runoff Could Cause $500M in Damage to LA Aqueduct « CBS Los Angeles

Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:52:51 pm

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared an emergency due to predictions of overwhelming runoff from the eastern Sierra Nevada snowpack that feeds the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

The action Monday is aimed at helping the city Department of Water and Power respond to what it describes as the threat to “the health and safety of the public as well as to protect infrastructure and the environment.”

“The reason we are doing this now is when we see a potentially disastrous situation, a situation that could hurt our economy, our family and our environment, we don’t wait,” Garcetti said at a news conference at City Hall.

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