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City of Long Beach Updates the Rain Situation

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If you live or work in Long Beach, the second largest city in Los Angeles County, this post is for you. The city has released an update about the storm and its effects around town. From facility closures to flooding to sandbags, all the information is below.

Long Beach press release

"Our City staff has been working night and day to clear flooded streets, inspect and clear catch basins, provide approximately 80,000 sandbags in three days, respond to reports of flooding and clear 5,000 tons of debris from our beaches," said Mayor Bob Foster in a statemnt. “There are still two more days of rain forecast and I urge residents to be careful on the roads and report any blocked storm drains or flooding by calling 562.570.2726.”

The City of Long Beach experienced more than 5 inches of rain in the last three days, including more than 1.5 inches within a one-hour period on Wednesday, and nearly one inch in a half-hour period on Tuesday. The storm drain systems are designed to handle up to one inch of rain an hour. Any more than one inch of rain an hour overwhelms the flow of runoff from the streets into the Los Angeles River and the San Gabriel River.

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In other developments:

  • The Main Library was closed Thursday, due to flooding from the storm. Library staff will post signs, update the library's website and notify branch libraries.
  • The Nature Center was closed Thursday, due extremely muddy trails. School tours have been cancelled for the remainder of the week.
  • Public Works crews responded to 240 flooded locations on Wednesday, and Firefighters crews responded to 36 water-related calls between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on Wednesday, including six submerged vehicles and one vessel assist.
  • The City is continuing to offer sand and bags to residents at five Fire Stations: Station No. 5, 7575 E. Wardlow Road (El Dorado Park); Station No. 7, 2295 Elm Ave.; Station No. 12, 6509 Gundry Ave.; Station No. 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.; and Station No. 14, 5200 Eliot St.
    • Residents with mobility impairments, or seniors who need assistance can obtain filled bags at the Senior Center at El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Road, and the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. 4th St.
  • Any vehicle abandoned or trapped in a flooded street will be towed for free to the nearest safe location.
  • No street sweeping citations will be issued Thursday.
  • Large trash bins will be provided at severely impacted areas to assist residents and businesses with clean-up efforts.

Residents are asked to:

  • Report any life-threatening emergency to 9-1-1.
  • Report flooding, blocked storm drains, fallen trees or limbs, etc. by calling 562.570.2726.
  • During any rain event, place trash cans on the curb, not in the street.
  • Prepare for the next storm. More information, safety tips and emergency numbers are available at www.longbeach.gov and on Long Beach TV on Charter Channel 8 and Verizon FIOS Channel 21.

This information is accurate as of 12:00 pm on Thursday, January 21.