Streets flooded in Newport Beach as region faces high tide, elevated surf

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — An area of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach was flooded Friday night while the region was under a high tide and elevated surf advisory.

The combination of the surf and high tides were predicted to possibly produce minor coastal flooding in the evening, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory was in effect from 6 p.m. Friday until noon Monday.

Dangerous rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions were expected, the agency said.

Officers were assisting with diverting traffic Friday night, Lt. Eric Little of the Newport Beach Police Department said, adding that there was not yet information on any permanent or ongoing road closures.

Sky5 aerial footage showed a sailboat collapsing on the shore as waves came crashing.

Cars could be seen stuck in rising water in the Balboa Pier parking lot and along streets throughout the peninsula around 9:30 p.m. Water appeared to be knee-deep in the lot.

City crews were seen using tractors past 11 p.m. to move sand in an effort to help cars get out of flooded areas, aerial footage showed.

Shores of Newport Beach were closed for Fourth of July weekend, along with all Orange County beaches, as health officials sought to avoid crowding due to surging coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

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