“Nothing can quite hold back the destructive power of Mother Nature,” said City Manager Jack Schnirman. “The ocean met the bay and we saw flooding of truly record-breaking proportions around the city.”
“The message we want to get out to residents is just because it stopped raining and the flood subsided, does not mean that it is safe to go outside,” said Schnirman. “There is a tremendous amount of debris outside and there are unsafe conditions, so we are asking folks to stay indoors and if they are here, but most importantly leave as soon as they can and make sure their loved ones are safe.”
Tuesday morning Schnirman spoke with residents before they evacuated and he said they were a little shaken up, but in good spirits even though they sustained serious damage to their homes.
“It is going to be a long haul, but this is Long Beach, we have always survived,” said Fagen.
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This story was written by Joley Welkowitz