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High Surf And Tides Threaten SoCal Coast With Flooding

High surf in Manhattan Beach (Photo by jakerome via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Unusually high tides and large waves could pose a serious flood threat to homes in coastal communities this week. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning as high tides and waves upwards of 7 feet are expected to hit Southern California beginning today and lasting until Friday, reports CBS L.A.. The combination of high surf and a full moon could push the tides up to 8 feet in parts of L.A. and Long Beach, where the highest tides are expected on Wednesday, according to the L.A. Times.

Authorities are advising coastal residents to stack sandbags to protect against possible flooding from the tides. Fire stations in Venice, Westchester, Playa Vista and Mar Vista are offering sandbags to residents.

"The Los Angeles Fire Department and Beaches and Harbors Los Angeles County are working to prepare for the tides and are laying out sandbags in key areas and making sandbags available to residents," said L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin in a Facebook post. "Please visit your local fire station to get the sandbags you need to protect your property from flooding."

Neighboring counties are also offering sandbags to residents, including Santa Barbara, Long Beach and Orange. Waves could reach as high as 15 feet in Santa Barbara, according to the National Weather Service.

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Forecasters also warn that strong rip currents could pose a serious threat to swimmers in the coming days.