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Waves breach Seal Beach sand berm

December 28, 2009 |  8:16 pm

Pacific storms combined with high tide conditions Monday triggered waves large enough to breach a 10-foot-high man-made berm of sand built to protect oceanfront properties in Seal Beach, authorities said.

“The waves eroded a portion of the berm, allowing water to pool on the opposite side near some homes and apartments,” Seal Beach Police Department Sgt. Jim Johnson said. “No one was injured, and there were no reports of property damage.

“The situation is not unusual,” he added. “This happens every year.”

High surf advisories for the Ventura County and Los Angeles County coastlines expired at 3 p.m. However, a high surf advisory issued for Orange and San Diego counties was expected to last until 10 p.m., according to National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.

“Basically, we have a large swell that developed as a result of early morning high tide conditions and storms in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,” Kaplan said. “The surf should be calming down later tonight. In the meantime, it’s not a good idea to be in the water. Santa Monica had swells up to 7 1/2 feet high.”

-- Louis Sahagun