(NEWSER) – A city that's made headlines for having too little water is preparing to spend $3.1 million to deal with a potential excess of it, NBC Los Angeles reports.

LA officials are worried that this year's El Niño will force the Los Angeles River to do something highly unusual: spill its banks. "We're preparing for a worst-case scenario," says Col. Kirk Griggs with the Army Corps of Engineers, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times. "We feel we need to do that, and we owe it to the residents." To prevent potential flooding, the Army Corps of Engineers is installing temporary barriers to increase capacity along a 3-mile stretch of the river next to Interstate 5, NBC reports.

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