The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin work next week to temporarily raise the banks along three miles of the Los Angeles River to improve flood protection during El Niño storms.
The Corps district commander and city and county officials announced $3.1 million in emergency funding for the project on Friday, just days after torrential rains from a series of El Niño storms turned the normally trickling river into a raging torrent.
Temporary barriers will be placed along the banks to increase the capacity of the river north of downtown along a stretch that spans Griffith Park to Elysian Valley.
An additional half-million dollars will be used to clear upstream vegetation that impedes water flow.
The 51-mile urban river runs from the San Fernando Valley to the Pacific Ocean.