January 2023



January Newsletter
Rainfall Hits the Sixth Street Viaduct 
The first month of the new year has been a wet one! This January, the city experienced some heavy rainfall, causing floods throughout the streets of Los Angeles. Over the past month, more than 33 billion gallons of stormwater has been captured in LA County! We were able to get some awesome photos of the rain filling up the LA River underneath the Sixth Street Viaduct.
Although the rain is great news for our conservation systems, it can make the roads much more dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike. This is a great time to remind everyone to drive safely during the stormy season. Here are a few tips we’ve put together to ensure a safe trip while commuting:
  • Check your tires! Before driving, make sure to check that the tires on your vehicle have enough air and tread to avoid hydroplaning in the rain. 
  • Don't forget to use your headlights! All states require the use of headlights to be on when visibility is low. Before you hit the road, check that both of your headlights are fully functional. 
  • Are your windshield wipers working? Before driving, it is important to make sure your windshield wipers are working properly to see through your windshield. 
We hope these tips are a great reminder for how to prepare for the rain. And of course, don’t forget to pack an umbrella! 
Drive safe out there and continue to have a wonderful 2023! 
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The Bureau of Engineering is the City's lead agency for the planning, design and construction management of the City's public buildings and its public infrastructure. Engineering is also responsible for managing permitting for all construction that takes place in the public right-of-way, as well as managing the City's state-of-the-art online mapping system, NavigateLA. Engineering is committed to designing and building environmentally-sustainable projects that include extensive community input. Engineering projects and services support the City's goals of creating a prosperous, livable and safe city for all residents and businesses.