Long Beach braces for storm


LONG BEACH (CNS) – The city of Long Beach says it has been bracing for weather-related disruptions resulting from the coming rains, including by readying sand and bags for residents fearing flooding.

“This fast-moving storm will generate a large westerly swell over the Pacific Ocean resulting in high surf conditions for beaches in Long Beach through Sunday,” a statement said about the system expected after midnight.

“In anticipation of these rains, city crews have conducted inspections and performed maintenance to ensure that catch basins in flood prone areas are clear of debris and pump stations and seawall plugs are functioning. Debris booms along the Los Angeles River, the wetland mitigation site, Rainbow Harbor and the debris skimmer are up and operational.

“Beach Berms have been engineered to adequate height and width as required to provide protection from flooding. Swiftwater Rescue team members are preparing for possible deployment.”

For residents fearing flooding, sand is available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard at 1651 San Francisco Avenue, at the Esther Street Gate. And both sand and sand bags are available at these Long Beach Fire Stations:  Fire Station 7 at 2295 Elm Street; Fire Station 12 at 1199 Artesia Boulevard; Fire Station 13 at 2475 Adriatic Avenue, and Fire Station 14 at 200 Eliot Street at all neighborhood fire stations and the Lifeguard Station at 72nd Place.

“Sand and sand bags are available only to Long Beach residents,” stressed the statement. “Residents are advised to bring their IDs to pick up a maximum of 10 bags. Residents are advised to bring their own shovel or tool when collecting sand. It is illegal to pick up sand from the beaches.”

During periods of significant rainfall, residents are also advised to:

  • Avoid swimming in coastal waters for three days following the end of the rainstorm;
  • Avoid areas that are subject to sudden flooding;
  • Not attempt to drive through a flooded road, or walk across a flowing stream of water;
  • Slow down at intersections, especially those with non-working signal lights, and treat them as stop signs. Be cautious while driving, especially at night;
  • Take appropriate steps to be prepared by securing personal property and vehicles in areas that are prone to flooding;.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips. If traveling during the storm, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing. Advise others of your destination and estimated arrival time;
  • Be aware of utility workers working in or near the road;
  • Stay off sand berms and stay away from City vehicles and machinery operating along the coastline;
  • Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the storm;
  • Place refuse and recycling carts on the parkway or driveway apron
  • Report street flooding or downed trees by calling (562) 570-2700.


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