In a March 3, 2019, photo, thousands of people descend on the hills near Lake Elsinore to view the superbloom of California poppies. Lake Elsinore officials said March 16 that their ability to deal with the crowds has been overwhelmed and urged visitors to reschedule their trips. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
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LAKE ELSINORE (AP) — California’s dry winter isn’t good for wildflowers and that’s OK with officials in the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore where last spring’s “superbloom” of poppies drew huge crowds.

Riverside County parks official Dustin McLain said the chances of a superbloom in Walker Canyon this year are small because January was dry and February has started off the same way, The Press-Enterprise reported Friday.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale is hoping the big bloom doesn’t occur.

“That kind of attention — even though it’s probably the most beautiful thing in Southern California — has an overwhelming impact on the local community,” he told the newspaper.

Last March, after a very wet winter, throngs of people flocked to Walker Canyon. Interstate 15 was jammed for miles in both directions and streets of the small city were gridlocked.

At one point, the city closed the canyon and then barred cars from the area, requiring visitors to pay for shuttle rides to the floral extravaganza.

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