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January 31, 2014

King Tides and Coastal Flooding in Southern California

The flooding took place near the end of Sea Coast Drive and Cortez Street.
Coastal Flooding in Imperial Beach

Over the past few days in Imperial Beach we’ve had “King Tides” or the highest tides of the year (over 7 feet). The tides caused with larger than average surf (in the 4-8′ range and out of the west) resulted in coastal flooding. The San Diego Union-Tribune  came down to shoot this video and was lucky to have Dr. Bob Guza of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to explain why the flooding was happening. You can see the U-T video here:






Cortez Street end in Imperial Beach on January 29, 2014.

Flooding on Cortez Street


The end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach on January 29, 2014.

View photos of the flooding here.