NEWPORT BEACH — Areas near the Balboa Pier flooded Wednesday due to a high tide and surf increase, according to lifeguards.
A 6-foot tide at 11:20 a.m. flooded streets and closed the parking lot northwest of the pier and on A Street, said lifeguard Capt. Boyd Mickley.
The increase was due to a swell from the Southern Hemisphere, Mickley said. Areas were affected for about 30 minutes.
Cleanup will continue for several days, and use street sweepers, hand crews and other equipment to remove debris and sand that washed up, according to Mark Harmon of the city's General Services Department.
Sand berms between 6 and 8 feet long were built on the north and south sides of the pier, Harmon said. The berms are aimed at lessening the intensity of waves Thursday, which are expected to be of similar size.
"We feel that the berms will mitigate the tide/wave activity during the high tide series tonight and midday tomorrow," Harmon wrote in an email. "We will also station staff at that location with large pumps to remove water from the parking areas and street ends if necessary."