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With powerful storms bearing down on the region, residents and businesses are urged to prepare themselves for the possibility of significant rainfall.
Trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled throughout this week. Customers can place their cans on the parkway, between the sidewalk and curb, if their street experiences flooding. Street sweeping will be suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday due to anticipated heavy rainfall, and will resume on Thursday.
The City is providing sand and bags for residents to make their own sandbags. The public may pick up sand at four fire stations Ė Fire Station 7, Fire Station 12, Fire Station 13, and Fire Station 14.
Residents must bring a shovel and fill their own sand bags; however, residents with mobility impairments, or seniors who need assistance can obtain filled bags at the Senior Center at El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Road, and the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. 4th Street.
In addition, the City of Long Beach has prepared a list of important safety tips and emergency phone numbers for residents to access in the event of power outages, downed trees, flooding, etc. Emergency responders train and are prepared to respond to a disaster or other significant incident; however, residents are strongly urged to prepare themselves for a major emergency, with the goal of being able to be self-sustaining for at least 72-hours.
Preparation for the Storms
The City of Long Beach is providing free sand to residents at four Fire Stations. Residents must bring and use their own shovel (self-service) to get the sand, which is available in large bins outside the following five fire stations:
#7 2295 Elm Ave
#12 6509 Gundry Ave
#13 2475 Atlantic Ave
#14 5200 Eliot St.
Sandbags will last as long as they donít have a hole. If the bags are reusable, residents should keep them for the next major rainstorm. To discard, distribute sand in a flower bed or over a lawn, and then throw away the empty bags.
Do not take sand from the beach. It is illegal to dump sand at the beach, in the gutter or in the storm drain system. Sand can be returned to the Public Works/San Francisco Yard, 1601 San Francisco Ave.
For information on how to fill sandbags, visit www.publicaffairs.water.ca.gov/information/sandbag.cfm
Important Phone Numbers
In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
To report flooding or a clogged or blocked storm drain, please call 562.570.2726.
To report a fallen tree or limbs, call 562.570.2770. For trees or limbs in City parks, call 562.570.4895 during business hours, or 562.570.3101 after-hours or on weekends.
Fallen power lines are extremely dangerous. Report any downed lines to SCE immediately by calling 1.800.611.1911. Do not touch a downed line or anyone in contact with the line. Always assume a downed line is live. For more information, visit http://www.sce.com/ and click on the "Safety" tab.
Long Beach Gas & Oil Department, 562.570.2140
Long Beach Water Department, 562.570.2390
City Street Lights/City Light & Power Co.888.544.4868
Remember to slow down and drive carefully. Please exercise a great deal of caution and patience, and allow yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. Avoid large puddles and do not attempt to cross running water.
Stay out of the LA and San Gabriel Rivers and Flood Control Channels due to possible high waters.
Beach-goers are advised to avoid local waters for at least 72 hours after the end of rainfall due to the high bacteria and pollution levels from urban runoff.
Individuals can monitor the weather on television news, including the Weather Channel 76 on Charter Cable; radio news stations such as KFI 640 AM or KFWB 980 AM; and websites such as http://www.noaa.gov/. In the left hand column, insert a Long Beach zip code, and a local map and report will appear.
Other Useful Information and Websites:
American Red Cross, Greater Long Beach Chapter, http://www.greaterlongbeachrc.org/, 562.595.6341
Long Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), www.longbeach.gov/fire/cert, 562.570.LBFD
Southern California Edison, www.sce.com/Safety
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