Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Subject :Winter Storm Precautions & Sandbag Availability
Contact :Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator    (949) 497-0389

The City of Laguna Beach is expected to be impacted by a storm Wednesday, March 21, 2018, through Thursday, March 22, 2018, which will bring intermittent periods of heavy rain and potential localized flooding. The most significant part of the storm is predicted late Wednesday evening and continuing through Thursday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch effective March 21st, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. until March 23rd, 2018 at 5:00 a.m. Downtown and Canyon residents and business owners are encouraged to put your flood gates into place during the evening hours while your business is closed as a precautionary measure to protect your property and inventory.

As a reminder, the City of Laguna Beach is providing pre-filled sandbags to residents and business owners from two locations. These sandbags are not for contractors.

  1. Act V parking lot – 1900 Laguna Canyon Road
  2. Aliso Beach East parking – 31118 Coast Highway

Sandbags are also available at Laguna Beach’s four fire stations. They are free; however, you must provide your own sand. It is not permitted to fill them with sand from Laguna’s beaches or playgrounds. For local locations of where you can purchase sand please visit our website

Go to to register your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses into the mass notification system. It is recommended that you register your work and home addresses separately to ensure you receive proper notifications for each location. AlertOC is a critical link for residents and businesses to immediately learn of any required actions.

To avoid being trapped when floodwaters threaten your area, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to evacuate before the flooding starts. Weather watches, warnings, and evacuations notices are science-based predictions that are intended to provide adequate time for evacuation. Those who wait for actual confirmation of catastrophic levels may be trapped by flooding or traffic.

Please visit for further information about Emergency Preparedness and for video footage from past Laguna Beach disasters.