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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:112818
Long Beach Prepares for Significant Rainfall
Sand and sandbags available for residents
Reginald Harrison
Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

A low-pressure system is expected to move across Los Angeles County, bringing the first significant winter rains to Long Beach. The National Weather Service is predicting rain showers to develop locally this evening and continue into Thursday morning. As much as one inch of rain is expected during that period. The heaviest rain rate is expected to peak in Los Angeles County during the Thursday morning commute.

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.


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 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.

Sand and sand bags 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:

  • 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 how residents can prepare for severe weather, please click on the following link Preparing for Emergencies: Severe Weather.

Media inquiries can be directed to Reginald Harrison, Director of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications at 562.570.9250 or