A front-end loader and dump truck move beach sand to protect vulnerable areas from flooding in in Southern California.

LONG BEACH, CA. — TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015 — A front end loader and dump truck work to move beach sand to protect vulnerable areas from flooding in rainy weather during the first big storm in what is predicted to be a strong El Nino event in Southern California January 5, 2016. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)