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Army Corps to Shore Up LA River with ‘HESCO’ Barriers, But What are They?

Posted on January 19, 2016

By Sanden Totten, 89.3 KPCC

This week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start flood-proofing sections of the L.A. River by clearing vegetation to improve water flow and lining some of its banks with what’s known as a HESCO Bastion barrier.

You may have never heard of the HESCO barrier, but it is a go-to flood control method for the Army Corps.

The thinking is, with more El Niño rains on the way, water levels could jump the banks. These barriers would be crucial for keeping nearby homes and businesses safe.


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