BY: MATTHEW TEEL
Occasionally in Southern California we will receive some real weather. How do people and cities react? It is typically as much of a mess as you would presume.
This was proven on Jan. 22 when Long Beach received 3.91 inches of rain, a new single day record since Jan. 4, 1995, according to the National Weather Service. The peak of the storm occurred around four p.m. that Sunday afternoon with water levels rising up to four feet in some parts of the city.
Even people on the freeways of Long Beach were affected. The 710 Freeway near the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) exits became closed in both directions after vehicles got stuck in flooded areas.
According to the Long Beach Fire Department, 383 calls were made to officials and a total of five people were rescued from stranded vehicles in the city. As streets were flooded, vehicles were stuck and water levels rose, causing several issues for Long Beach, such as the flooding of homes.
Jacob Kline, a Long Beach resident and CSULB student, came home that Sunday evening to find his bedroom flooded.
“I live in a garage, so I truly wasn’t that surprised,” he said. “I’ve seen our neighborhood become flooded with a lot less rain. But, I guess we live in California, what do we need to know about drainage?”
Living only a few blocks away from campus, Kline said his neighborhood received some of the worst flooding in town.
“I’m not sure if it’s the city’s fault for not having proper drainage, or if it’s just the amount of debris floating around the streets that causes the flooding,” he said. “Either way, the city should have taken better steps to help prepare previously flooded areas around the city. I think I speak for the neighborhood when I say that I was not shocked by the lack of preparation for the storm.”
Kline said other homes in the area surrounding campus received worse flooding and destruction of property.
“I am lucky that only my carpet was destroyed,” he said. “Some of the neighbors had much more water in their homes. I am upset with the fact that we have seen this in past years, specifically in this neighborhood. I hope the city begins to take note of badly affected areas for future reference.”