These inlets are intended to eliminate standing water immediately around them (holes in the sides); and, the top is set at an elevation slightly above the surrounding ground. Since the area around the drains are cut off from any flooding by surrounding roads and higher area, flooding cannot occur from any stormwater other than what falls directly on the area. So, it is intended for large storms only.
Three other points:
1. If these inlets were plugged, there would be no chance of any flooding ever reaching the adjacent roadways as the roads are about three feet higher than the surrounding grades. A three foot storm would be something on the order of the 1,000,000-year event (purely a guess, but you get the idea) and L.A. would not notice a little flooding here.
2. There is actually some tidal action that occasionally (at very high tides) occurs that brings some tidal flows to the few hundred square feet around these inlets.
3. Playa Vista is also looking at this. You might touch base with Marc Huffman. Mike
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The "device" is an part of the outflow structures for the freshwater marsh. It is in the area between Culver & Jefferson west of Lincoln. Rick Mayfield is aware of this and has already addressed the situation as much as is possible.
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Is this ("illegal drainage devices" article below) about the Freshwater Marsh? Here's the letter from the Coastal Commission:
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2 new results for Ballona Wetlands
Grassroots Coalition Announces -- Illegal Water Drainage Devices ...<http://www.google.com/url? sa=X&q=http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/07/10/5012836/grassroots-coalition- announces.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQAhgAIAAoATAAOABAsJb5jgVIAVgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=GX51KiVVjg8&usg=AFQjCNHTTeUFdJ2VWQti3mptaeXHjHAqw
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LOS ANGELES - Grassroots Coalition (GC), an organization that has long worked to protect the Ballona Wetlands and surrounding open space on the Los Angeles ...