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High tides flood streets near Balboa Pier

August 31, 2011 |  2:20 pm

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Areas near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach flooded Wednesday due to high tide and surf increase, according to lifeguards.

A 6-foot tide at 11:20 a.m. flooded streets and closed two parking lots near the pier, said lifeguard Capt. Boyd Mickley.

The closed lots included the parking lot on the side of the pier and the lot on A Street, Mickley said.

"Cars that were in the front row of the parking lot were picked up and moved to the back row," said James Jackson, a Newport Beach lifeguard.

"That one set that came in right at 11:30 was pretty massive...pretty massive," Jackson said.

Jackson worked to keep beach goers out of harm's way. The surf flooded the parking lot at the Balboa Pier and flowed down streets, across Balboa Boulevard to the Fun Zone area.

The surf increase was due to a swell from the Southern Hemisphere, Mickley said, and areas were affected for about 30 minutes.

The National Weather Service has warned of dangerous surf over the next few days at Southern California beaches.

Officials said "very strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions" will exist at southwest facing beaches in Los Angeles County as well as beaches in Orange and San Diego counties.

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-- Lauren Williams and Allen J. Schaben

Photo: Gary Wilson of Newport Beach sits on his bike in the flooded Balboa Pier parking lot in Newport Beach. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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