PRESS RELEASE

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

2/1/2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 020124-2
Subject:
City of Long Beach Shares Response Efforts During Recent Storm
Advises residents to prepare now for second storm series
Contact:
Captain Jake Heflin
949.500.1224
LBFDPIO@longbeach.gov
Public Information Officer
Long Beach Fire Department
Reginald Harrison
562.570.9460
Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov
Director
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

Long Beach, CA – Over a six-hour period today, Feb. 1, Long Beach experienced nearly three inches of rain, which is more than the historical rainfall for the entire month of February. As with any storm, cleanup efforts are underway while City crews also prepare for a second storm series expected to arrive in the Long Beach and LA area Saturday night, Feb. 3.

The significant amount of rain experienced over such a short period of time led to localized flooding in some areas of the city which resulted in response from various City departments. The following is not a comprehensive list of storm response efforts that has been conducted, but rather some highlights thus far:

  • Public Works crews responded to two reports of downed trees that fell in the public right-of-way. Trees have been safely removed.
  • Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) personnel responded to assist passengers out of their stranded vehicles in the area of the Terminal Island freeway and Willow Street underpass. Passengers were safely removed and no injuries were reported.
  • Parks, Recreation and Marine crews assisted peninsula residents who experienced significant water intrusion.
  • Berms continue to be fortified in vulnerable beach areas to safeguard residents and property.
  • Swiftwater Rescue Teams will continue to be deployed for the duration of the storm series to conduct outreach along the riverbeds.
  • The Inclement Weather Shelter at the Multi-Service Center remains activated tonight and through the weekend to provide emergency shelter to people experiencing homelessness.
  • Through mutual aid, Swiftwater Rescue Teams assisted the City of Los Angeles with searching for a person who fell into the Los Angeles River at Firestone Avenue.
  • The City’s Emergency Communications Center is prepared to handle high call volumes for non-emergency inquiries, available by calling 562.435.6711. Residents should call 9-1-1 for emergencies.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications continues to monitor storm conditions and impacts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service and city departments.

The second storm is likely to bring even stronger weather conditions including gusty winds and high surf with the possibility of increased risk of flooding. Residents in historically vulnerable, low-lying areas, including the peninsula and Alamitos Bay, should prepare now.

Empty sandbags remain available for Long Beach residents at all LBFD neighborhood Fire Stations. Sand and sandbags are available at the locations listed below. Residents needing assistance with filling sandbags go to the Lifeguard Station at 72nd Place for additional support, available between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Lifeguard Station located at 72nd Place and Ocean Boulevard
  • Fire Station 7 (2295 Elm St.)
  • Fire Station 12 (1199 Artesia Blvd.)
  • Fire Station 13 (2475 Adriatic Ave.)
  • Fire Station 14 (5200 Eliot St.). Note: Station 14 is temporarily closed for construction. However, sand and sandbags are located off East Paoli Way and East 3rd Street.

In preparation for these storm series, the City issued a storm advisory.

Media inquiries may be directed to Reginald Harrison, Director, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, at 562.570.9460 or Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov, or Captain Jake Heflin, Public Information Officer, Long Beach Fire Department, at 949.500.1224 or LBFDPIO@longbeach.gov.