High surf and heavy rain could cause flooding in Seal Beach

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SEAL BEACH – Seal Beach officials are urging people to use caution during this wet weekend as high surf is expected and flooding is likely, with two to four inches of rain from storms expected to drench the area.

The National Weather Service also issued a beach hazard statement in effect until Monday, said Sgt. Michael Henderson of the Seal Beach Police Department.

The surf is expected to build through the week, culminating today with 7 to 10-foot waves and sets up to 12-14 feet, the NWS reported.

“The combination of high surf and heavy rain may cause mild to moderate flooding in Seal Beach,” Henderson said.

The City of Seal Beach Marine Safety Department, public works department and police department will be monitoring conditions throughout the rain event and responding appropriately as issues arise, Henderson said.

“Residents are encouraged to monitor the surf and weather conditions and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their property,” he said.

With two of the three rainstorms having passed through Seal Beach, with the last rain event expected to arrive on Sunday, officials have assessed the impacts of the two storms and have enhanced existing flood mitigation efforts.

With two of the three rainstorms having passed through Seal Beach, with the last rain event expected to arrive Sunday, officials have assessed the impacts of the two storms and have enhanced existing flood mitigation efforts, Henderson said.

Members of the Community Emergency Response Team will be filling sandbags for residents from 8 a.m. to noon today in the Eighth Street beach parking lot.

Additionally, Seal Beach community members are advised the following:

-Not to swim or surf in the ocean for 72 hours after the storms to allow the bacteria count to go down.

-Not to park your car in areas that may flood. Some of those areas include First Street between the Pacific Coast Highway and Marina Drive, and on Marina Drive between First and Fifth streets.

-Not to walk or drive through flooded roads.

-Drive courteously, defensively and at a speed appropriate for conditions.

-Treat signal outages as stop signs.

-Watch out for city and utility workers and to not interfere with them as they are performing their duties.

-Keep pets inside.

-Report flooding, downed trees or other storm related issues to West Cities Communications non-emergency number at (562) 594-7232.

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