Long Beach faces flood watch as city could see nearly 3 inches of rain today
Long Beach faces a flood watch from Tuesday afternoon through late Wednesday morning as yet another storm bears down on the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the city beginning at 2 p.m. today and lasting through 11 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters predict Long Beach could see nearly 3 inches of rain today and then another quarter inch of rain tomorrow.
So far this year, Long Beach has seen 10.87 inches of rain, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency considers a “normal” amount of rain at this point in the year in Long Beach to be 7.56 inches.
It's going to rain and may rain heavily beginning this afternoon—drive safely and be prepared!
If you need sandbags, you can pick them up at 72nd pl. and Ocean Blvd. Sand and bags are also available at fire stations 7, 12, 13, and 14, & bags are available at every fire station. https://t.co/7FMo0gqqRn
— Office of Mayor Rex Richardson (@LongBeachMayor) March 14, 2023
Long Beach has canceled street sweeping for the rest of the day and has advised residents to:
- 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 if signal lights are not working, 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 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.
- Report street flooding or downed trees by calling 562-570-2700.
- Report downed power lines by calling 911.
- Sign up for Alert Long Beach to receive free emergency notifications from the City of Long Beach.
Another storm system will bring more rain to Long Beach this week
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