Arlington Neighborhood receives flood protection from new storm drain system

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storm-drainThe City of Long Beach today held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new storm drain system that will alleviate flooding in the Arlington neighborhood, which has experienced severe flooding at least seven times during the past 20 years.

“This project will finally put Arlington residents’ fears at ease during the rainy season,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This storm drain project also will create jobs, improve our local infrastructure and help the environment by capturing trash and bacteria that would otherwise end up in the Los Angeles River.”

The $1.5 million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment (Stimulus) Act through a Community Development Block Grant. The project will create 20 full-time construction jobs.

The most recent flooding of the area took place February 7, 2009, when the neighborhood was inundated with 2 to 3 feet of water during heavy rainstorms.

“After years of frustration, the residents of this neighborhood will finally be getting the protection they need from flooding,” said 7th District Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga, who represents the area. “This wonderful day has been a long-time coming.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Storm Drain Division recently concluded that the 60-inch storm drain pipe that collects and carries storm water from the Arlington Street area to the Dominguez Channel is undersized, providing less than a five-year rain protection level.

This new project will construct a parallel storm drain system on River Avenue, just north of Arlington Street, that will connect to an underground storage basin on the adjacent Southern California Edison property. It will provide flood protection from a 10-year rain event, and feature catch basins with trash and bacteria filters.

This project moved forward quickly because Southern California Edison cooperated closely with the City for the acquisition of property necessary to construct a portion of the improved storm drain. Construction is expected to take approximately six months to complete.

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