NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — A combination of high tide and high surf caused about three blocks of flooding at the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach Friday night.

By 10 p.m. some of the water had cleared, but a few areas were still experiencing knee-deep flooding.

Earlier in the night waves as high as 10 feet crashed over the shore and rushed inland. For about an hour, the water stretched around three blocks inland and about two feet deep.

“It hasn’t done this for probably about 30 years,” said one resident. “So, this is very unusual.”

Police vehicles have blocked off access to The Wedge until the water recedes. Officials said that one lifeguard was injured rescuing other people from the waves.

Comments (3)
  1. TC says:

    I am shocked! I lived in the Beach area for years and I still subscribe via email to alerts from the National Weather Service (weather.gov) – I knew for the past two days that the high tides and waves were coming and had alerts all day (and I live in Anaheim HIlls) – so why is this so surprising? No resident of BalPenn should have been caught off guard and could have prepared (sand bags, barriers, lock up house and leave, etc.), because our national weather service warned everyone. You can get the info on the web, in email and SMS messaging.

    1. TC says:

      This is the weather alert I received today.

      High Surf Advisory issued July 03 at 12:​58​PM PDT until July 06 at 12:​00​PM PDT by NWS SanDiego

      …ELEVATED SURF…STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND MINOR COASTAL FLOODING AT THE COAST THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND…
      A long-period south-southwest swell from 200 degrees will bring elevated surf and strong rip currents to the coast over this Fourth of July holiday weekend. The combination of the surf and high tides could produce minor coastal flooding at lowest coastal locations in the evenings during high tide.
      …HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON PDT MONDAY…
      * Waves and Surf…Surf of 5 to 7 feet, with sets to 8 feet possible.
      * Tides…Highest tides of 6.6 feet at 833 PM today, 6.6 feet at 915 PM Saturday and 6.4 feet at 955 PM Sunday.
      * Timing…Surf will begin to build this afternoon, peak late Saturday through Sunday morning, then gradually diminish by Monday morning.
      * Impacts…High surf, dangerous rip currents, and hazardous swimming conditions. Minor coastal flooding will be possible each evening in low-lying locations, including parts of Seal Beach, Sunset Beach and Newport Beach.

  2. King Kamehameha says:

    Gee, I wonder if there are any lolos out there trying to get a surf?

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