The Los Angeles River is swollen by storm runoff during an atmospheric river storm on Monday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images
The Los Angeles River is swollen by storm runoff during an atmospheric river storm on Monday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Jon Christensen for The Guardian — Yes, the Los Angeles River is dramatically full. But it’s just ‘doing its job’

UCLA professor Jon Christensen discusses media images of the swollen Los Angeles River during torrential storms for The Guardian, explaining it’s actually just fulfilling its intended purpose during heavy rainfall. “As long as the river doesn’t go over its banks and flood the surrounding neighborhoods, this is the modern LA River doing its job,” Christensen said.