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Next up in Long Beach flood zone: The cleanup

January 19, 2010 |  4:58 pm

In Long Beach, the rain has stopped and the winds have diminished. The charcoal-gray clouds are gone and there is only a cold breeze and sunshine.

But for residents and businesses owners in the area, a new problem looms – cleaning up.

At Roswell Avenue and 10th Street, residents reported chest-high flooding that left parked cars nearly submerged. Some had been swept down the street. Trash bins were carried along the road, leaning and tipping and leaving a trail of garbage once the water drained.

Rupa Pawar, 26, said she was about to head to the bank around 1:30 pm when she noticed that part of the staircase was drenched. Then she saw that Roswell Avenue itself was flooded.

Pawar said she ran upstairs and told her roomates. One of them, Pruknal Rana, 27, later discovered his 1994 Toyota Corolla had suffered water damage.

"It's weird," Pawar said, tucking her hands in her sweater. "It's like something out of 2012."

-- Ruben Vives from Long Beach