This week's rain and wind produced the largest storm surge Newport Harbor has seen since 2005, city officials said Thursday.
Though the tide was only 6 1/2 feet high, the storm combined with it to raise the water level to 8 feet, 1 inch, said Municipal Operations Director Mark Harmon. The surge was strong enough to flood all of Corona del Mar State Beach, overwhelm sea walls on Balboa Island and create a lake along parts of Balboa Boulevard.
Damage was minimal, officials said. City crews used equipment to pump the water back into Newport Bay because they had to close storm drains, Harmon said.