Lake Elsinore Storm Update

Press Release

Post Date:12/23/2010
Due to the severity of the recent storms, the City of Lake Elsinore has been on a Management Watch status since Monday. This is the first step prior to activating the City’s Emergency Operation Center. As a result of the severity of the storms and the damage to both public and private property in Lake Elsinore, the City declared a local emergency today.

Police, Fire and City crews have been responding to numerous calls
ranging from property damage from flooding to damaged and flooded roads. City crews have had to close several roads due to flooding, mud and debris that have made the roads impassable. A list of the closed roads, along with other storm related information, is posted on the City’s website (

The high storm water flows have caused the lake to rise over four feet and have also deposited a variety of debris into the lake including logs, tree limbs, and other assorted items. The lake has been temporarily closed to any activity, including boating and body contact to allow City crews to remove any hazardous floating debris and to test for unhealthful bacteria concentrations due to the storm run-off.

“The City of Lake Elsinore will continue to take steps necessary to minimize the impacts of this storm in order to protect the residents of our community” said Amy Bhutta, the Mayor of Lake Elsinore. Mayor Bhutta also noted that “City staff has been working overtime to stay ahead of the situation.”
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