Long Beach officials issued a storm warning Tuesday as heavy rains and winds are expected to hit the city throughout this week.

Rain began falling in Long Beach early Tuesday afternoon and is expected to continue into Wednesday morning. Rainy conditions are forecasted to return Saturday and continue early next week.

The city advised residents of low-lying areas like the Peninsula and Alamitos Bay to prepare for potential flooding and is offering sandbags to help divert stormwater away from homes.

Sandbags can be picked up at five locations in the city including the lifeguard station located at 72nd Place and Ocean Boulevard and four fire stations located across the city. Sandbags will only be issued to residents of Long Beach. Residents will be limited to 10 bags of sand and must bring an identification card with them, the city said in a release.

Assistance with filling sandbags will be available until 8 p.m. Tuesday night and resume again Wednesday at 8 a.m. and continue through 8 p.m., the city said. Residents are advised to bring their own shovels or other tools when collecting sand.

Here are the locations of the fire stations providing sandbags:

  • Station 7 (2295 Elm St.)
  • Station 12 (1199 Artesia Blvd.)
  • Station 13 (2476 Adriatic Ave.)
  • Station 14 (5200 Eliot St.)
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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @JasonRuiz_LB on Twitter.