SAN DIEGO -- A series of storms and large surf caused significant damage to the Ocean Beach Pier, officials said Friday.
"We're having a large surf event here, 10-12 feet, accompanied with the really high tides. The storms that we've had so far this winter have taken away a lot of sand, so all those conditions combined are resulting in surges coming in the boardwalk making for dangerous conditions" a sergeant with San Diego Fire-Rescue told FOX 5.
The damaging surf tore an estimated 200 feet of railing and planks away from the pier, officials said.
When the high tide breached the seawall, the debris washed onto the beach and onto Newport Avenue and Abbot Street.
Crews worked for most of the morning clearing the streets of sand and debris and building a berm ahead of another high tide expected Saturday morning.
Witnesses reported seeing others swept off their feet by the powerful tide, but no one requested medical attention from lifeguards, San Diego Lifeguard Sgt. Rick Strobel said.
Beach-goers were warned to stay away from the water.
"This water can come in really quickly and sweep you off your feet and put you in a dangerous condition," Sgt. Rick Strobel said. "That’s dangerous for our lifeguards as well.”
“It’s something great to see from afar, but it’s not something that I want to get too close to," a man visiting from Colorado told FOX 5.
The pier will remain closed for several weeks while engineers assess and repair the damage, a city spokesperson said.