Following the recent heavy rains, California now has yet another problem to deal with. Its southern beaches look like massive landfills after the rainwater brought all sorts of rubbish through the state’s rivers. Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach Harbor seem to be most affected.
The heavy rains halted on Monday, which allowed the communal workers to estimate the destruction from the debris flows and start cleaning the territories. At Seal Beach, they were joined by volunteers, who dumped the trash into large piles, easy for bulldozers to collect. Local volunteers say they clean the beaches every month, but in February additional significant effort was needed. One of the volunteers said he had been cleaning the beaches for years, but has never seen the scale of damage like the one caused by the recent storms.
Volunteers explain that rubbish can travel from as far as forty miles away before ending up on the beach. They advocate for better cleaning infrastructure, which would catch at least the larger chunks of rubbish. In the meantime, more storms mean there will inevitably be even more debris flows, ending up on California beaches.