Residents needing sand and sandbags in preparation for this week’s rainstorm can go to various fire stations throughout the city, officials announced today.

Sand and sandbags will be available at:

  • Fire Station 7, 2295 Elm St.
  • Fire Station 12, 1199 Artesia Blvd.
  • Fire Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
  • Fire Station 14, 5200 Eliot St.

Sand is also available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave. at the Esther Street gate.

Sandbags will be available at all neighborhood fire stations and the lifeguard station at 72nd Place.

Residents must bring their IDs to pick up at most 10 bags and need to bring their own shovel or tool when collecting sand. It is illegal to pick up sand from the beaches.

Get ready for a cold and rainy Thanksgiving

Officials said city crews have also conducted inspections and performed maintenance to ensure catch basins in areas prone to flooding are clear of debris and that pump stations and seawall plugs are functioning.

“Debris booms along the Los Angeles River, the wetland mitigation site, Rainbow Harbor and the debris skimmer are up and operational,” a release stated. “Beach berms have been engineered to adequate height and width as required to protect from flooding.”

The fire department’s swiftwater rescue team is also preparing for possible deployment.

Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.