UPDATE: City Hall reopened after flooding closes part of lobby • Long Beach Post

UPDATE: City Hall has reopened after flooding forced the closure of part of the lobby.

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“The area has been stabilized and cleaned, and systems are operational due to the great work of staff,” city spokesman Kevin Lee said in an email Friday morning. “The City would like to thank customers for their patience.”

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Long Beach City Hall’s main lobby was partially closed because of a leak brought on by Thursday morning’s rain.

A video posted online by an employee inside City Hall showed water coming from the ceiling in the lobby.

City spokesman Kevin Lee said that there are some areas that are “really bad” and that some lobby services would be closed to walk-ins until the leak is resolved.

“We just want to make sure that everyone is safe from a community standpoint and from an employee standpoint,” Lee said.

While parts of the physical lobby will be closed, payments for utilities, parking citations and other cashier services that could otherwise be accessed in person are still accessible online or over the phone. City Clerk services were still open to walk-ins.

A little over half an inch of rain had fallen in Long Beach since last night, according to the National Weather Service. Showers were expected to continue through the day.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Friday night, according to the NWS.

Rain shut down part of City Hall Thursday morning. Photo by Jason Ruiz.

Rain shut down part of City Hall Thursday morning. Photo by Jason Ruiz.

Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @JasonRuiz__LB on Twitter.

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