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Posted on: January 7, 2023

Big surf slams beachfront

big surf

Storm-driven surf pounded Del Mar's beaches Jan. 6, sending foamy water over seawalls and beneath wooden barricades to pool patios, Ocean Front and Coast Boulevard. 


No major damage or injuries were reported. Flooding and minor damage were reported at multiple beachfront properties.


Flooding closed one block of Ocean Front between 18th and 19th streets. Hazardous conditions prompted the closure of beach access points. 


Crashing surf soaked many of the spectators who gathered atop the seawalls. 


As conditions allowed, Public Works crews operated heavy equipment to barricade street-ends with sand and operated pumps to evacuate floodwaters.


The big tides and surf followed a week of heavy rainfall. 


Forecasts call for continued large surf and high tides in January.


Waves of up to 10 feet are forecasted for Jan. 11 and Jan. 13-16.


A king tide — the highest of the high tides — is predicted at 8:03 a.m. Jan. 21 at a 6.96 feet.


big surf slams beachfront


big surf hits seawall


flooded alley


worker watches surf from seawall
seawater washes onto stairway


worker cordons off beach access
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