PRESS RELEASE

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

1/25/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 012521-2
Subject:
Long Beach Cautions Residents About Continued Rain and Cold System
Sand and Sandbags Available for Residents
Contact:
Reginald Harrison
Director of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
562.570.9250
Reggie.Harrison@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - A series of storms with heavy rain and lower than normal temperatures are expected in Long Beach and Los Angeles County through Friday, Jan. 29. The National Weather Service is predicting major rain patterns with the most significant rainfall occurring between Wednesday and Friday this week. Strong, gusty winds are also expected during this period.

In anticipation of these rains, City crews have conducted inspections and performed maintenance to ensure 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 protect from flooding. Swiftwater Rescue team members are preparing for possible deployment.

High surf is also forecasted throughout the week but is not expected to have significant impacts to City beaches due to the direction of swell travel. The City will continue to monitor weather patterns closely.

Sand

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

  • Station 7, 2295 Elm St.

  • Station 12, 1199 Artesia Blvd.

  • Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.

  • Station 14, 5200 Eliot St.

Bags for sand are available at all neighborhood fire stations and the Lifeguard Station located at 72nd Place.

Sand and sandbags are available only to Long Beach residents. Residents are required to provide identification 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.

  • Avoid driving through a flooded road, or walking across a flowing stream of water.

  • Slow down at intersections, especially if signal lights are not working, 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.

For information on preparing for severe weather, residents can view: Preparing for Emergencies: Severe Weather.

Media inquiries can be directed to Reginald Harrison, Director of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, 562.570.9250, Reggie.Harrison@longbeach.gov


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