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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:032118
Long Beach Expects Significant Rainfall
Sandbags Available for Residents
Reginald Harrison
Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting the most significant rainfall yet this season for Los Angeles County, beginning this morning in the mountains and foothills. The rain is expected to lessen tonight, with a cold front moving into the area. Thursday is a critical day for rainfall in Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Avalon, seeing 0.5 to 0.75 inches per hour in the afternoon. The rain is expected to leave the area Friday morning.

In anticipation of these rains, City teams have conducted inspections and maintenance to ensure catch basins in known areas of flooding are clear of debris, and pump stations and seawall plugs are functioning. Swiftwater teams are preparing for potential deployment and Beach Maintenance crews are taking protective measures to fortify berms.


Sand is currently available at the following six locations:

  • Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate. 
  • Long Beach Lifeguard Station, at 72nd Place and Ocean Boulevard, inside of the parking lot.
  • Fire Station 7, 2295 Elm St.
  • Fire Station 12, 1199 E Artesia Blvd.
  • Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
  • Station 14, 5200 Eliot Ave.

Sand bags are available at all neighborhood fire stations and at Beach Operations, 2100 E Ocean Boulevard.

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 those with non-working signal lights, 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 more information on how residents can prepare for severe weather, please click on the link below: Preparing for Emergencies: Severe Weather.

About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as preparedness, response, and  recovery from major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.

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