Parts of Naples Island were subject to severe flooding Tuesday when a non-working pump station allowed for stormwater to flood a residential area, Long Beach officials announced.
The pump station—one of six in Naples managed by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District—was found unoperational at about 7:00AM on Tuesday, September 15, when workers of the Naples Island Seawall Repair project noticed the flooding, said Rachael Tanner, program specialist with the City Manager’s Office.
Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price alerted Naples residents of the situation, stating that severe flooding in the Naples residential area was caused by a pump station that did not turn on.
“The City Manager’s Office is not sure why the LA County pump station did not turn on as expected, but they will be working with LA County and Public Works to confirm that this issue is resolved and does not happen again,” Price said in an email to residents.
Three specialty pumps were eventually rented to remove the flooded water, Tanner said.
Since the pump station itself was flooded, and it houses electrical equipment, county workers will need for it to completely dry before trying to fix it, Tanner added.
The affected areas included Second Street to Rivo Alto Canal from Ravenna Drive to Loreta Walk, and Second Street to Appian Way from Ravenna Drive to Loreta Walk, Tanner said.
No businesses or residences were reported damaged.
Above, left photo courtesy of Long Beach Councilmember Suzie Price's Facebook page.