Heavy rains have flooded the Sepulveda Basin, a major San Fernando Valley route near the convergence of two of the most congested freeways in Southern California.
LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh said the area reached "critical levels."
Officials issued a road closure advisory, which affected the following routes:
- Eastbound Burbank Boulevard to Balboa Boulevard
- Hayvenhurst Avenue to Burbank Boulevard
- Westbound Burbank Boulevard from San Diego (405) Freeway
- Southbound Woodley Avenue to Victory Boulevard
Authorities said they had no estimate for when the roads would reopen. Weather forecasters predict rainfall and thunder continuing through the weekend.
“They’ll open the roads whenever it’s safe,” Borihanh said. “Public safety is our number one concern.”
Authorities are asking drivers to steer clear of the affected streets.
LAPD has dispatched patrol units to monitor the closed roads, and barricades have been set up to enforce the closures, Borihanh said.
As of Friday afternoon there had been no reports of crashes or other obstructions in the basin area.
The first of back-to-back West Coast storms hit Thursday, giving a majority of communities in drought-stricken California just over one inch of rain.
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Friday's heavier second wave has brought significant downpours to SoCal areas such as downtown Los Angeles, Glendora, Azusa, Van Nuys and Monrovia, among others.
A man and his dogs also had to be rescued earlier in the morning after facing some trouble with the Los Angeles River, which has picked up quick-moving currents thanks to the weather conditions.