With forecasts calling for surf that could reach 19 feet, a crumbling cliffside in Pacific will be shored up with a fence Monday as crews get ready to demolish coastal apartments teetering on the brink.
Pacifica officials are closely monitoring the El Niño storms, which they say have accelerated coastal erosion of the city’s seaside bluffs. A high surf advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday for Sonoma County to Monterey County beaches. The National Weather Service warned that coastal erosion from the powerful surf could endanger beach visitors.
Depending on the weather conditions, crews on Tuesday plan to start knocking down a vacant 20-unit apartment building on the 300 block of Esplanade Avenue. The building has been closed since 2010 when city officials were forced to declare it unsafe for residents.
A winter storm that brought several feet of snow to Northern California over the weekend continued to cause havoc Monday morning, prompting some school closures and delays for mountain communities along the Sierra Nevada.
Snow and treacherous road conditions forced the Pollock Pines Elementary School District in El Dorado County to close two schools. Other school districts delayed classes due to weather conditions.
The Lake Tahoe area received 3 to 5 feet of new snow over the weekend, said meteorologist Zach Tolby of the National Weather Service.