The combination of a big storm-stoked west swell and unusually high tide has caused minor flooding in parts of Seal Beach, Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach and led to the closure of the southbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway between Seal Beach Boulevard and Seapointe — a roughly six mile stretch. Authorities also closed Aliso Beach, and there’s a report that waves hit some ocean-front houses south of Main Beach, Laguna Beach. At 1 p.m., the southbound section of PCH between Warner and Seapoint was still closed.
Waves have reached at least 10 feet along the coast, and scores of spectators have lined the Seal Beach Pier to watch surfers try to tame tall, peaky, near shore waves. The water has flooded parts of the parking lot, but the berm is holding.
At 9:30 a.m., flood waters covered the intersection of PCH and Anderson Street to a depth of roughly 18-inches, forcing motorists to creep through. Big plumes of water went shooting in the air. Caltrans officials are directing motorists to head east on either of the avenues and take Goldenwest Street to avoid the closure. It is unknown when the lanes will be reopened.
There will be a 5′ 7” high tide at 9:15 pm., so there could be more minor flooding. The waves are still rockin’. And there will be a 6′ 2” high tide Monday at 9:17 a.m. It’s unclear how large the waves will be then. If they are large, there could also be minor flooding then, too.
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ABOVE: Left to right: Waves flood parking lot south of the Seal Beach Pier (photo by Seal Beach Fire Department); boy tries (unsuccessfully) to leap over break in the flooding (photo by Gary Robbins); man walks through flooded broadwalk alley south of the pier (photo by Diana McCabe).
BELOW: Left to right: Waves hit homes off Thalia Street in Laguna Beach (photo by Craig Nelson); flooding in Seal Beach parking lot (photo by Seal Beach Fire Department); waves running back to the sea and causing erosion at Bolsa Chica (photo by Gary Robbins.)