Southern California is used to water, just not water coming from the sky.

As the El Nino weather system approaches, bringing with it much needed rain, questions have arisen about how prepared Los Angeles County is to handle inclement weather.

On Dockweiler Beach and in the town of Lake Hughes, California, stormy weather brought devastation and the need for a major clean up.

Rain caused a pipe leading into the ocean to spill medical waste into the water which later washed ashore on Dockweiler Beach.

"This is wear I like to surf," said David Veerman, who surfs off the coast of Dockweiler Beach nearly every day. "They ruined the beach."

In Lake Hughes, heavy rain and hail brought the hillside down onto the road, burying cars and houses in thick mud.

"We are predicting an El Nino this year, and so far, if this is any indication, we are going to get more rain," said Cpt. Greg Cleveland of Los Angeles County Fire Department. "We are prepared. We've put out notices, people can get sand bags here at the station, and we've told the people to prepare."

Led by a police escort, ATVN toured the town of Lake Hughes just days after the mudslides happened. As resident dug out, they feared it wouldn't be for the last time.

"The last El Nino year, rain brought down the bridge in San Francisquito Canyon," said Jeff Rheaume, a resident of Lake Hughes.

Southern California is in dire need of rain, just not the devastation that can come with it.

Video and text by Marc Sallinger