Emergency Services Bulletin #1

High Tides Pose Flooding Danger

Date: January 11, 2001: 9:00 AM

Release: Immediately

Contact: Dinah Phillips, Public Information Officer

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning today for Santa Cruz and other coastal counties due to extremely large waves coupled with high tides. An intense storm in Northern California is generating large waves that are moving into the central California coastal waters. NWS wave models indicate that waves may approach shore at heights of 25 to 35 feet, with larger rogue waves possible.

Large breakers may inundate and flood parts of the coastal area including the Monterey Bay. High tide in the Monterey Bay today will be plus 6.6 feet at 10:45 AM.

This is a potentially life threatening situation. Do not underestimate the power and danger of these waves. Surfing, swimming, fishing, boating, and observing large waves from rocks or coastal structures during high surf is extremely dangerous. It is especially dangerous to view high surf from exposed rocks, low-lying beaches, piers, and jetties. An unexpected high wave can easily sweep the unwary into the sea, usually with tragic results. Coastal viewing should be accomplished from high ground, well back from the surf. This applies to residents and visitors.

At this time, East Cliff Drive is closed between 21st and Palisades, and the Capitola Esplanade has been closed. People are asked to avoid these areas to keep from hampering emergency responders.

Free sands and bags are available at the following locations. Residents should bring their own shovels and tools and plan to fill the bags themselves.

Aptos Fire Station #1 City of Capitola Corporation Yard

6934 Soquel Drive 430 Kennedy Drive

Near Cabrillo College Capitola

Casserly Fire Station

562 Casserly Rd

Sand is also available for purchase at Antolini Company, Central Home Supply, Granite Construction, Olive Springs Quarry, Scotts Valley Rockery, Owens Equipment, Scotts Valley Sprinkler, Aptos Landscape And Supply, Santa Fe Bag Company.