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Wet Weather in Los Angeles Sparks Safety Concerns

The recent storms across Southern California are bringing more than just wet weather, they are also causing concerns with bikers and drivers. 

People are breaking out rain boots, raincoats, and umbrellas as the heaviest storm of the year continues to drench Los Angeles.  The rain is welcome in the face of a three-year drought.

While police are suggesting drivers adjust their speed on the roads, DPS at USC is telling students to ride bikes and skateboards more cautiously in the midst of the recent rains.


Campus safety warns puddles may cause skateboarders to fall and cyclist’s feet to slip off pedals. 

Students could also expect flooding in some areas of campus according to DPS and their environmental safety officers. After a recent inspection of campus and its ability to handle rain, officers discovered that certain places were prone to flooding. 

For those braving the roads amidst the weather, police advise slowing down.  It is suggested that if on a freeway with a speed limit marked 65 mph, drivers should go a maximum of 55 miles per hour.

The rain is expected to continue through tonight, but dissipate by tomorrow so residents of L.A. may not have to worry about rainy-weather safety conditions for much longer. 

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