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Southern California coastal cities weather the storm




A pond at El Dorado Park in Long Beach overflowed into the parking lot on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, during one of the strongest storms in years.
A pond at El Dorado Park in Long Beach overflowed into the parking lot on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, during one of the strongest storms in years.
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Heavy rain hit Southern California hard this weekend, causing problems for some coastal cities.  

KPCC reporter Meghan McCarty joined Take Two's A Martinez for an update on how Long Beach fared this weekend.

"Right now I'm at El Dorado Park in which large areas have been flooded and sitting in front of a duck pond or what is usually a duck pond that has now kind of turned into a duck sea has overtaken large parts of the road. It's tough to tell how deep it is. I just saw a truck drive through it and the water was up well above the wheel well. But it's definitely deep enough that there are ducks swimming in what on a normal day is the parking lot."

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Martinez also spoke with two Malibu city officials: Mayor Lou La Monte and City Manager Reva Feldman.

They discussed the difficulties of the weekend and what they've learned the next time their city's struck with a deluge.

Reva Feldman on the damage the storm dealt

"We had very heavy rain starting Saturday night into last night. But we have been okay We fared pretty well. We had continual small problems, but no major damage in the city.

The effect the storm had on California's Pacific Coast Highway

Mayor Lou La Monte on the lessons learned from the storm

"We've been through this an awful lot of times, but you can learn something all the time. Basically one of the most important things you can do is be prepared for this and make sure we have enough staff around to take care of this issue. We had staff at city hall throughout the entire weekend, both Saturday and Sunday just to be able to aid residents who had questions. Because one of the most difficult things is communication in these kinds of situations. You see roads closing, you don't know exactly what's happening. We've done our very best to use social media, telephone, internet everything to get the information out to our residents so they know what's happening."

To hear the full conversation, click the blue player above.

Answers have been edited for clarity.