The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is warning residents and visitors along the local coastline that the high surfs that have existed in the area since Wednesday, December 21st, could continue into Saturday, December 31st.
Beaches in Venice, along the Marina Peninsula and south along Playa del Rey received large swells, ranging from ten to 15 feet, with larger sets.
These large swells are expected to continue through the end of the month, said LAPD chief William J. Bratton.
Last week, Bratton issued a high surf advisory, warning of possible flooding conditions between Tuesday, December 27th, and Saturday, December 31st, between the hours of 6 and 10 a.m.
“Although our entire coastline is at risk, the area of Pacific Avenue to the east, Westminster Avenue to the north, and the Marina del Rey main (entrance) channel to the south are the most susceptible to moderate to severe flooding,” Bratton said. “This could result in the need for residents and businesses in this area to evacuate voluntarily.”
“Pacific Area is currently reviewing our evacuation and traffic plan, which will be implemented, should substantial flooding occur,” the police chief said. “Additionally, the American Red Cross is working on shelter should the need arise and sandbags are available at no cost from local fire stations.
“While I do not want to cause panic, I do want to remind everyone to remain alert, should flooding occur and evacuation become necessary,” the police chief said.
Information, LAPD Pacific Community Police Station watch commander, (310) 482-6334.