Storm Related Accidents and Tips

Boulder Drops on Car Traveling on Palisades Drive: 

       A woman driving down Palisades Drive narrowly escaped serious injury and death when a boulder fell from the cliffs above onto the roadway, hitting her car.

LAPD beach patrol officer Jimmy Soliman received the emergency call around 4:15 p.m. on Friday, January 31.

Soliman and Firefighters from Station 23 responded. The boulder was so large, it had to be broken up in four pieces in order to be cleared from the road. The road was closed briefly during the removal of the stone.



Watch for Potholes and Other Hazards

With the heavy rains, potholes are appearing in local roadways. There are now some major holes along Temescal Canyon Road, in the slow lane, near the high school. One is a collapsing piece of roadway that is about three feet wide by eight feet long and three inches deep.

Watch for this hole on Temescal Canyon Road that seems to be continuing to collapse.

There are some potholes that have also appeared on Sunset. Please report them. If a person’s car is damaged because of holes in the pavement, a resident will not be able to collect damages from the City, unless that pothole had been reported.

Call 311 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call the Bureau of Street Services between 7 a.m. to 3:55 p.m., Monday through Friday (800)996-2489.

There’s also an online service request and comment form (

Written correspondence can be sent to:

Bureau of Street Services
Administrative Services Division,
Customer Service Call Center
1149 South Broadway, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90015

Watching the Storms on Radar

One reader advised that residents can go to the following website ( to watch the approaching storms to better plan your day. If there is a heavy cell of rain and wind approaching, let it pass before you go on the road.

LAFD sent out an alert today at 12:30 p.m. “Motorists: expect congestion and delay across the region, avoid flooded areas and consider limiting non-essential travel; Monitor traffic reports on news radio.”

Some Storm Drains May be Blocked

L.A. Sanitation sent the following note to Nextdoor: “The wind and rain from this latest storm has carried away a great deal of debris, which can clog catch basins and storm drains to cause flooding. When you see this, please call our 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489. We’re dispatching crews across the City to clean up.”

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4 Responses to Storm Related Accidents and Tips

  1. Mike Kafka says:

    Some great information, Sue. I did not know that qyou have to report a pot hole, or one cannot file a claim. We should put this on NextDoor since the Palisades is full of them.

    Thank you for some great reporting.

    I look forward to the new edition of Circling The News every day. Keep up the great work. This beats any other “publication” that is designed for local news.

  2. Patricia says:

    Sue, you are truly amazing. Your updates are absolutely the best for informing the ‘hood of important information. Don’t know how you do it, but thank you!

  3. Phyllis Trager (formrly Phyllis Douglas) says:

    Yes! Thank you Sue! I check my e-mail every day to keep up with REAL news!

  4. Deborah Reno says:

    Hi .. I am the woman who was driving the BMW that “stopped” the boulder on Palisades Drive. Wanted to say thank you to the fire and police who responded, as well as to all of my fine neighbors who stopped to help, and check in on me. What a great community we have. I am fine, and so is my golden retriever, who was safely in the back seat. Drive safely, everyone! D. Reno

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