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March 9, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Heavy rains and rising ground water flooded several classrooms at Lincoln Elementary School last week, causing extensive damage and uprooting classes. Seven classrooms of students have been relocated, said Principal Barbara Rothman-Haddock, who sent a letter to parents Thursday. With the recent departure of Newport Coast Elementary School students, there was plenty of room to accommodate the displaced classes. "The disruption was really very minimal," Rothman-Haddock said.
NEWS
January 12, 2005
Elia Powers Rows of sandbags remained stationed like watchdogs on Balboa Peninsula sidewalks Monday, hours after skies had cleared for the first time in days. Some restaurants and shops stayed closed all morning and afternoon, as owners hired cleaning crews to dry carpets and sweep entryways. Paper signs placed in windows alerted customers and mail deliverers to try back on Wednesday. Slick spots on streets and pockets of puddles were all that remained from the weekend storm, which left business owners with worried nights and morning headaches.
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By Joseph Serna | January 21, 2010
When it rains as hard and for as long as it did this week, even the best city infrastructure is going to have flooding issues, Costa Mesa city officials said Thursday. A prime example was Monday, when the first — and so far the worst — flooding from this week’s series of storms took its toll on Costa Mesa roads and buildings. For most of Monday, a few streets in Costa Mesa were inaccessible, cul de sacs became small lakes, and people had to use sandbags to protect their homes from the gathering water.
NEWS
February 27, 2004
June Casagrande Downed trees, closed freeway ramps and minor flooding were some of the effects of Wednesday night's storm. Another storm system is on the way, but is expected to be much lighter, said Stan Wasowski, a forecaster for the National Weather Service. "What we're expecting should be very light, maybe one or two-tenths of an inch at most," Wasowski said. About a 30% chance of showers will persist through this evening. Partly cloudy but dry skies are expected to prevail over the weekend.
NEWS
November 17, 2002
Looking for a scapegoat for all the world's ills? We have a suggestion. Just blame El Nino. That's right, El Nino, that weird atmospheric anomaly that causes overheating oceans, overeating fish and overbearing storms is reportedly back and stirring up chaos once again. The last major El Nino, a condition in which a big patch of warm water in the South Pacific pushes toward South America, took place in 1998. El Nino typically changes weather and fishing patterns dramatically.
NEWS
February 18, 2004
Marisa O'Neil A winter storm expected to hit today could bring heavy rain, coastal flooding and large surf. Rain should start falling this morning or afternoon, and thunderstorms may develop tonight, according to the National Weather Service. A west swell combined with today's high tide could flood some low-lying areas and bring above-average surf, forecasters said. But don't wax up those boards just yet. "It looks like kind of an average winter swell," said Adam Wright, forecast manager at Surfline.
NEWS
February 24, 2005
Elia Powers The sideways rain that pelted residents earlier in the week went on hiatus Wednesday, but it left behind piles of debris and stretches of dangerous roads. Cleanup efforts continued in Newport Beach, where high winds and driving rain brought the tail end of the debris flowing from the Santa Ana River officials said. "We've seen the end of the trash coming down from the storms," said Dave Niederhaus, Newport Beach general services director.
NEWS
January 8, 2005
Marisa O'Neil It just keeps coming. Rain -- lots of it -- fell most of the day Friday and will continue to fall at least until Tuesday. If a coastal flood warning isn't enough, how about a gale warning and high-surf advisory? All are in effect in Newport-Mesa until Sunday morning, said Brad Doyle, a forecaster for the National Weather Service. Mountainous areas also face high wind warnings and all of Southern California is under a flood watch until Tuesday afternoon, when the latest series of storms are expected to move on, he said.
NEWS
January 7, 2005
Leslie Bruce Just as Newport-Mesa residents thought it was safe to leave their homes, yet another storm system will plow through Southern California this weekend, bringing threats of flooding and high surf. A high-surf advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. today until 10 a.m. Sunday, and a flash flood watch is in effect through Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Although the National Weather Service predicts 7- to 10-foot waves with some sets exceeding 14 feet Friday afternoon, Surfline forecaster Charlie Fox does not predict a swarm of surfers to Orange County beaches.
NEWS
April 24, 2005
Alicia Robinson If Frank Parnass had a theme song, it would probably be Blondie's "The Tide Is High." But the Newport Beach city equipment operator is one of a small group of employees whose on-the-job routine is largely unsung. Parnass is a tide valve turner. "A what?" you ask. Tide valve turner. Armed with a half-dozen tools that are basically long, T-shaped metal rods, he drives around the peninsula and Balboa Island chasing the tides, constantly battling being below sea level, opening and closing valves under the streets to keep them from flooding.
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By Emily Foxhall | January 17, 2014
Getting the go-ahead for major construction on Balboa Island is no easy task, but homeowners may get some relief since a federal agency acknowledged an error in the way it calculated a key flooding threshold. The recalculation could also ease insurance rates for those in the area, a flood plain. Until now, any homeowners who wished to make improvements that cost more than 50% of the value of the home (excluding the property value) also needed to comply with a requirement that the home stand nine feet above sea level.
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By Jill Cowan | May 4, 2013
Craig Schusterick, his workman's hands powdery white with construction grit, led the way across Onyx Avenue on Balboa Island to show off his handiwork. His nearly complete three-story home - designed with solid wood paneling to echo the Cape Cod feel of its neighbors - features a rooftop deck, an elevator (for the grandkids and for the time in life when climbing stairs becomes more difficult) and the kind of luxe touches that would make any mainland decorator drool. "It's going to be really nice when it's done," he said with an easy grin.
NEWS
March 7, 2013
A $2.8-million grant recently given to the city of Costa Mesa will help reduce flooding conditions on the Westside, officials said Thursday. The Orange County Transportation Authority money will help fund the Industrial Way Water Quality and Storm Drain Improvement Project, an estimated $4.7-million effort that will install a subterranean catch basin in Lions Park to detain and filter rainwater, according to city news release. The basin will be between the Costa Mesa Historical Society headquarters and Downtown Recreation Center within the 10-acre Lions Park complex.
NEWS
From KTLA News | December 13, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH (KTLA) - A so-called “King Tide” is being blamed for flooding in several coastal communities in Orange County on Thursday, according to KTLA . The National Weather Service is forecasting high tides along with rip currents for local beaches and all along the West Coast. The alignment of the earth, moon and sun is giving the seas an extra gravitational kick onto the shore, which can cause flooding in low-lying areas. Early morning flooding was reported in Sunset Beach, Huntington Harbor and Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint and By Bradley Zint | December 13, 2012
Newport Beach city workers kept busy Thursday morning, pumping out stormwater that had accumulated on the Balboa Peninsula. Along Newport Boulevard between 21st and 26th streets, one lane was closed down for about an hour as crews diverted the water from the street into the harbor, but not before a group of neighbors dropped by to try their hand at skimboarding the nearly 1-foot-deep puddles. No property damage was reported on the peninsula or on Balboa Island, said Mike Pisani, Newport's deputy municipal operations director.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 11, 2012
COSTA MESA — The City Council on Tuesday rejected pleas from residents who wanted to delay a vote on a proposed city charter until November and possibly have it redrafted by a citizens commission. And Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, considered the architect of the charter proposal, said he was merely acting on behalf of residents who support the proposal but did not attend the meeting, which was crowded with opponents of the proposed reforms who were against placing them on the June ballot.
NEWS
By Geoff West | October 17, 2011
When I reached a magic milestone this summer and planted both feet firmly into geezerdom I knew I probably wouldn't like the changes in store for me. Sure enough, almost simultaneous with my birthday, the wheels began to come off - a little stiffness in a knee, a little skin cancer to be dealt with and the first whopper of a cold this year. However, I was not ready for the latest change - Cal's Cameras is closing forever! At the end of the recent City Council study session a friend, observing my ever-present camera, casually mentioned that Cal's was closing.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
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.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 22, 2011
COSTA MESA — The duties aren't glamorous and neither is the pay. An entry-level office specialist — who answers phones, files, copies and faxes — could expect to make between $15.70 and $21.04 an hour at the Costa Mesa Sanitary District. But in this economy, and with the state unemployment rate at 12%, that job drew 682 applicants. In six days. "We've seen applications where people have a master's degree, were previous supervisors and managers," said Scott Carroll, general manager for the sanitary district.
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