City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
A significant storm system will impact Long Beach and Los Angeles County today and tomorrow, Dec. 13 and 14, lingering into early Wednesday. The National Weather Service is predicting one to three inches of rainfall along the coast with high surf and wind gusts of up to 40 mph to accompany the storm system.
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 have been deployed and are actively conducting patrols along the riverbeds, advising persons experiencing homelessness of the potential for fast rising and dangerous waters. Teams are expected to remain active through the storm system.
Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works Public Service Yard, located at 1651 San Francisco Avenue, at the Esther Street Gate. Both sand and sandbags are available at the following Long Beach Fire Stations:
Bags for sand are available at all neighborhood Fire Stations and at the Lifeguard Station located at 72nd Place.
Sand and sandbags are available only to Long Beach residents. Residents are required 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:
For information on how residents can prepare for severe weather, please download the Preparing for Emergencies: Severe Weather brochure.
Media inquiries can be directed to Reginald Harrison, Director of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, at 562.570.9460 or Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov.