Incredible footage shows Dodger Stadium surrounded by water as Tropical Storm Hilary wreaks havoc on Los Angeles and leaves teams in a race against time for weekend games
- Tropical Storm Hilary hit California and wreaked havoc on the state
- Dodger Stadium is now surrounded by water after record levels of downpours
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Sports teams in Los Angeles are scrambling to be ready for games this weekend after Tropical Storm Hilary forced many to change their schedules – and left Dodger Stadium surrounded by water.
Remarkable aerial footage showed the iconic LA Dodgers home – which has stood for more than six decades – engulfed in a sea of water after the first tropical storm to hit Southern California in 84 years.
Panicking, Californians were trapped in cars and climbed trees in an effort to escape dangerous floodwaters and mudslides as Hilary brought down bridges and power lines.
Cars were stranded on flooded roads as the storm wreaked havoc across the state, leaving 25 million people under flood warnings and raising fears of devastating destruction.
The state has seen record levels of downpours with mountainous and desert areas expected to receive 5 to 10 inches of rain on Monday — as much as deserts typically see in a year.
Remarkable aerial footage showed the iconic LA Dodgers home submerged in water
The area around the stadium was affected by Tropical Storm Hilary, which hit California
Among the debris from the storm were sports matches across the city. LA Galaxy’s MLS game against Real Salt Lake – scheduled for Sunday – has been postponed to October.
City rivals Los Angeles FC also had a game postponed. LAFC was scheduled to face Colorado at home on Sunday. The two teams are still scheduled to meet at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, but the game is now scheduled for August 23.
Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s Dodgers game also didn’t survive the weather forecast. Their matchup with the Miami Marlins has been moved forward — from Sunday to Saturday — to create a split doubleheader at Dodger Stadium.
Other Southern California MLB teams followed suit: the LA Angels played the Tampa Bay Rays twice on Saturday and the San Diego Padres had their own double game against the Arizona Diamondbacks .
SoFi Stadium started swaying after an earthquake during the LA Chargers game against the Saints
Shocking footage of cars being swallowed by floodwaters in Palm Springs on Sunday
A cracked road in Santa Clarita on Sunday after the area suffered an earthquake and flooding
The Los Angeles Chargers continued their preseason action on Sunday, losing to the New Orleans Saints. But tremors from an earthquake, which struck nearby, reached SoFi Stadium, causing the 70,000-seat field to sway.
It’s still unclear how the games scheduled for the coming week will be affected. Dodger Stadium is set to host a concert by South Korean girl group BLACKPINK on Saturday, before baseball returns on August 28.
The Dodgers face a few series on the road – against the Cleveland Guardians and the Boston Red Sox – before their home game against the Diamondbacks.
The area around their stadium, however, was flooded with water. The pitch itself remained untouched but floodwaters climbed over trees and lampposts outside the stadium, with the roads completely inundated.
The Angels, based 30 miles away in Anaheim, begin a home streak against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, while LA Galaxy is set to host Chicago Fire at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday.