City Cleans Up After Stormsback
Contact: Janine Zuniga
City Cleans Up After High Surf, Wind, Tides
Storms Down Trees, Bring Flooding
A tall palm tree downed by strong winds during several storms last weekend. The home escaped any damage.
Coronado, CA (March 5, 2014) – Coronado experienced significant high surf, tides and sustained winds over the weekend that caused minor flooding all over town and knocked down five trees and 10 large tree limbs that required immediate attention.
Public Services crews were on call from Thursday, February 27, through the weekend to deal with any emergencies related to the storms. Staff worked a total of 159 overtime hours at an approximate cost of $6,600 during the storms. Fortunately, no one was injured and there was no significant damage to public or private property. However, there were roof leaks noted at the Animal Control Facility and the Golf Course Club House.
Additionally, a water leak was reported in the underground parking garage of the Police Department facility. The building's storm drains also were clogged and needed to be cleaned out. A tile blew off the roof at the Cays Fire Station.
Street flooding occurred in the following areas: Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard; First Street and A Avenue; Eighth and Tenth Streets in the G Avenue alley; Avenida de la Arena parking lot; Second Street and Soledad Place, which was temporarily flooded until staff removed the leaf debris covering the storm drain grate; and the cul de sac at Avenida del Sol.
Residents took advantage of sandbags the City made available at two locations – First Street and Alameda Boulevard and at Fourth Street and Alameda. Of the 600 sandbags set out, 200 were picked up by residents. City staff used an additional 200 sandbags to prevent flooding at Fourth and J Avenue and at the Fourth and J alley.
City crews had not recalled such high surf and tides in many years. The beach berms and additional sand stockpiles were successful in stemming the high tides. However, during the storms and high tides, much of the sand eroded. The sand berms will need to be replenished and built back up, particularly along South Beach. The City will be temporarily assigning additional Public Services staff to assist Beach Maintenance crews in restoring the beach to normal.
The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health closed Coronado Beach and Silver Strand State Beach Saturday, March 1, due to evidence of contamination from the Tijuana River. The signs will remain on the beach until the County is able to sample the water and verify normal bacteria levels in the water. The beach may be reopened before the end of the week.