LA Deluge Does Not Dampen Oscar Prep

PHOTO: An Oscar statue is covered in plastic as preparations are made for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
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Hollywood's most glamorous award show is scheduled for Sunday night, but a little more than 24 hours before show time, preparations for the 2014 Academy Awards hit a snag as a downpour swept through Los Angeles.

Rain is desperately needed in southern California, where a drought has plagued the area for years. However, the deluge meant a few headaches for organizers.

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Giant golden Oscar statues were wrapped in plastic after a flash-flood warning was sent to cell phones Friday night in Los Angeles county.

PHOTO: A pair of Oscar statues are seen on the red carpet as preparations are made during rainy weather for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
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PHOTO: A pair of Oscar statues are seen on the red carpet as preparations are made during rainy weather for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

Downtown Los Angeles received more than two inches, which is double its total for the rainy season from last July.

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However the city is still well below its average rainfall of 11 inches. About seven more inches of rain would be needed to make up the difference.

PHOTO: An Oscar statue is covered in plastic as preparations are made for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
PHOTO: An Oscar statue is covered in plastic as preparations are made for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Organizers are prepared for the unlikely event of a rainy Oscar red carpet and erected a huge clear canopy above the red carpet.

With the rain expected to dissipate by tomorrow afternoon, it's unlikely any Oscar attendees will have to walk the carpet in galoshes.

PHOTO: An Oscar statue is covered in plastic near the red carpet as preparations continue for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, March 1, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif.
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PHOTO: An Oscar statue is covered in plastic near the red carpet as preparations continue for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, March 1, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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