Two people and a dog have been rescued from a rain-swollen Los Angeles River due to a strong monsoon storm through California.
A helicopter rescue crew pulled the dog, a woman, into the San Fernando Valley, around 2:40 a.m. from the Los Angeles River. But the dog moved away and continued on the bottom of the river for more than an hour, passing through an impassable channel with concrete walls up to several miles high.
At one point a good Samaritan jumps into an angry river and catches the dog, but the creature slips out of its grasp and the man has to rescue himself.
The medium to large black and brown dog finally reached the shallow water, where it was able to walk, and a crew from the LA Fire Department on the ground dragged it safely around 4 p.m., to the delight of pedestrians.
The fire department said in a statement that “a passerby who had previously been in the water and needed to be rescued was taken to hospital with a dog bite wound,” the statement said, adding that the dog’s owner did not need to be hospitalized.
Some parts of Southern California received more than an inch (2.5 cm) of rain, according to the National Weather Service. The meteorological system has marked a change from an extremely dry winter that has prompted calls for water conservation.
The storm hit the San Francisco Bay area overnight and spread east and south.
Winter weather advice was issued for Sierra Nevada, where snowfall of 6 inches to 12 inches (15-30 centimeters) was expected to fall above 6,000 feet (1,829 meters), the National Weather Service said.
The Mammoth Mountain Resort said the storm could bring the largest total in some time.
The resort said on its website, “Mother Nature has brought back the winter weather and we couldn’t stop any longer.”
The winter storm warning posted for the Southern California Mountains calls for the same amount of snowfall as well as up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow at higher elevations. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, east of Los Angeles, announced last week that they would be open until April 16.
After two years of drought, California got off to a good start in October and December 2021 with heavy rainfall. Then, January and February were historically dry, which kept the state’s snowpack below normal.