City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
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:
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:
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 Reggie.Harrison@longbeach.gov.