Officials Taking Preemptive Steps to Prevent ‘Super Bloom’ Chaos in Elsinore

Golden poppies, California's official state flower, cover the eastern hillsides along Interstate 15 just north of Lake Elsinore, March 10, 2019. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
LAKE ELSINORE  - Officials in Lake Elsinore will join law enforcement personnel tomorrow to detail plans for mitigating traffic nightmares and other challenges stemming from attention to the rich poppy bloom that has begun in the hills of Walker Canyon -- a sight unseen for four years. Lake Elsinore Mayor Natasha Johnson, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco and Riverside-Area California Highway Patrol Lt. Kraig Palmer will be highlighting public safety, traffic control and related measures slated to be put in place in anticipation of swarms of people flocking to the canyon. City, county, transportation and safety personnel have been working together to create a unified approach to addressing the `2023 Poppy Bloom,''' according to a statement released by the city. The bloom has been ta
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