Berms go up in Newport Beach ahead of expected high tides
The beach berms are returning to Newport Beach’s coastline as the National Weather Service warns of evening tides anywhere between 7 and 7.5 feet across coastal Orange County.
The notice went out on Tuesday afternoon and is in effect through Thursday.
The National Weather Service warned of minor tidal overflow into low-lying beach areas — such as on the Balboa Peninsula, where streets on the westernmost end of the island are only 5 feet above sea level — boardwalks and parking lots.
Recently, the Newport Beach City Council received a presentation on updates to the 1930s drainage system on Balboa Island to address the issue of flooding.
Workers were out on Monday with heavy equipment to build up the berms and they were in place by Tuesday, said John Pope, a spokesman for the city of Newport Beach.
“A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches,” the National Weather Service said in its warning, adding that there may be strong currents.
“Obey posted warning signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near the water and always swim near a lifeguard.”
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