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Weather Storm System Update #2

Release Date: 2016-01-06

Latest Update from Gonzalo Medina, Marine Safety Chief with the Long Beach Fire Department:

"Based on the anticipated precipitation over the next 24 hours of 1.5 - 2 inches of rain, the LBFD will continue to operate at a Level II Swiftwater deployment.

"Teams are currently patrolling the LA & San Gabriel Rivers and monitoring for any possible flooding in the City. Homeless encampments continue to be escorted out of the river bed by Swiftwater teams.

"We can expect the weather system to continue on and off for the next 24 hours. In the Peninsula, berms have been built out by Park Rec and Marine crews, and holding firm against the small swell rolling in with the weather system. The Health Department has issued advisories for the Alamitos Bay and Ocean Front beaches. The Rainbow Harbor debris boom is being staffed 24/7 to minimize the material flowing out of the LA River.

"Public works continues to replenish sand at the various Fire Stations due to the heavy demand from residents. Swiftwater Teams will continue to operate into the afternoon and though the night."

Please be safe and cautious when driving on city roads and walking/riding on sidewalks. If you see something, say something - call 9-1-1 or (562) 435-6711.

For those who want sandbags to protect their property, contact Long Beach CERT for more information at (562) 570-2525.

Pictured is a shot from yesterday's river rescue. Read more about it from the Long Beach Post.