PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

1/18/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 011817
Subject:
Be Prepared for Powerful Storms
Contact:
Reginald Harrison
Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
562.570.9460
Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov




A series of powerful storm systems are bearing down on Southern California, and are expected to bring several inches of rain, gale force winds and higher sea levels through Monday.

City crews are preparing for the storms with a coordinated, multi-department response by clearing thousands of catch basins; cleaning and testing 26 pump stations; fortifying sand berms on the beach; installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the marina areas; maintaining storm run-off culverts on the beaches; installing plugs in the Naples sea wall to prevent flooding, as appropriate; deploying additional staff, including Swiftwater rescue teams, and equipment; and closely monitoring the situation.

Boat owners are advised to secure their vessels in City marinas.

Sand and Sandbags
Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate. Sand and sand bags are available at the following Long Beach Fire Stations:

• Station 7, 2295 Elm Street
• Station 12, 1199 Artesia Boulevard
• Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Avenue
• Station 14, 5200 Eliot Street

Bags for sand are available at all neighborhood Fire Stations, and the Lifeguard Station at 72nd Place.

Residents are advised to bring their own shovel or tool when collecting sand.

During periods of significant rainfall, avoid swimming in coastal waters for three days following the end of the rainstorm.

Residents are also advised to:

• Avoid areas that are subject to sudden flooding.
• Do 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 you must travel 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.

The amount of rainfall forecast will likely necessitate closing the El Dorado Nature Center. Please call 562.570.1745 for updated information.

Stay informed: The City of Long Beach will provide important storm updates via Twitter @LongBeachCity.

More information, including a guide to severe weather, is available at www.longbeach.gov/DisasterPreparedness.