Imperial Beach Residents Cite Water Damage from Sand Replenishment Project

by on December 11, 2012 · 0 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Photo taken Dec. 2, where water came up against at least six different properties. Credit Dave Recker

Even before the project ended in October, Seacoast Drive residents have complained that new sand has caused sea water to seep through garages, sidewalks and elsewhere. SANDAG may return to IB to even out sand that have caused water to pool.

Sand replenishment in eight areas along San Diego’s coastline came to a close this week, but residents in the first city to receive sand are complaining that the project has caused water to seep under their homes, into carports and through sidewalks.

“I’ve lived on this little piece of dirt for 25 years and that’s never happened, and I’ve been through huge storms when the water’s coming down the streets or over the rocks,” said Dave Recker, who lives near the corner of Seacoast Drive and Cortez Avenue.  “That’s just never ever, ever happened, so it’s just kind of created a big swimming pool, and that’s right where the problems are going underneath.”

Recker, his wife Stephanie, and their neighbors said water settled into an inlet a few feet deep on the beach near their homes last week after a strong swell and waves came to the region.

The knee-deep pond formed near their home last Saturday and extended along at least six property lines, they told Patch.  By Tuesday, water was coming out of the sidewalks, planters around the property and parking garage, they said.

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