Officials from both Signal Hill and Long Beach are warning residents to take precautions in advance of the rainstorms coming this weekend.
The Signal Hill Police Department released the following tips for preparing for the storms:
• Monitor local news and weather stations for updates.
• Pay attention to alerts and warnings from authorities.
• Those who do not need to go out should stay home.
• Use extreme caution around downed trees, and slow down for debris in the street.
• Keep drains and rain gutters clear of debris.
• Those driving should treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.
• Avoid all downed power lines and objects touching them. Call 9-1-1 to report downed power lines.
• Don’t drive through flowing water or flooded areas.
• Keep pets inside, and ensure they have shelter from the elements.
• If possible, park vehicles in driveways.
Long Beach officials have said that city crews are preparing for the storms with a coordinated, multi-department response by: clearing thousands of catch basins; cleaning and testing 26 pump stations; fortifying sand berms on the beach; installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the marina areas; maintaining storm run-off culverts on the beaches; installing plugs in the Naples sea wall to prevent flooding, as appropriate; deploying additional staff, including Swiftwater rescue teams, and equipment; and closely monitoring the weather situation.
Boat owners are advised to secure their vessels in City marinas.
Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate. Sand and sandbags are available at the following Long Beach fire stations:
• Station 7, 2295 Elm St.
• Station 12, 1199 Artesia Ave.
• Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
• Station 14, 5200 Eliot St.
Sand is also available near the Granada and Claremont launch ramps along Ocean Boulevard. Sandbags are also available at the lifeguard station at 72nd Place, 7200 East Ocean Blvd. and Lifeguard Beach Operations, 2100 East Ocean Blvd. Residents are advised to bring their own shovel or tool when collecting sand.
During periods of significant rainfall, residents are advised to avoid swimming in any coastal waters for three days following the end of the rainstorm. For current information on recreational water quality status, visit http://bit.ly/LBBeachWaterQuality.
Residents are also advised to report street flooding or downed trees by calling (562) 570-2700.
The amount of rainfall forecast will likely necessitate closing El Dorado Nature Center trails, officials say. Those interested should call (562) 570-1745 for updated information on the trails.
The City of Long Beach will provide important storm updates via Twitter @LongBeachCity.
Sources: Cities of SH, LB