Peninsula faces major flooding after ‘bomb cyclone’ storm

While rain from the “bomb cyclone” that pummeled the state eased up Thursday, residents on the Peninsula in Long Beach faced major flooding from high tides early Friday morning.

The sand berm at 72nd Place eroded due to the incoming high tide and large swells, allowing seawater to flood low-lying areas, the Long Beach Fire Department reported Friday morning.

“Fortunately, many residents took proactive measures to protect their homes with sandbags,” the department tweeted, though LBFD also noted that water had flowed into multiple garages from 68th to 72nd place.

At one point, the water rose to knee-level, but most of the flooding had subsided by late morning, said Jake Heflin, an LBFD spokesperson.

Water removal efforts were underway as of 10:30 a.m., and levels were expected to recede more as the tide shifts, according to the department.

A earth mover rebuilds the sand berm at the end of the peninsula after it got flooded by the recent storm in Long Beach Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

A high surf warning is in effect for Long Beach through 1 p.m. today, and a high surf advisory will remain in place through 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Sandbags for impacted residents will continue to be available at the Lifeguard Station at 72nd Place and Ocean Boulevard and at the Claremont Lot at 54th Place and Ocean Boulevard. For those who need assistance, the Fire Department said it can also deliver sandbags to homes.

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