4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Imperial Beach sand project creates seawater pool near homes

Cast-iron pipes at risk?

Beachfront homes on Seacoast Drive
Beachfront homes on Seacoast Drive

Some Imperial Beach residents who own beachfront condominiums are worried. They say they have been complaining to city hall for months after high-tide water started pooling in an area of beach that was rebuilt with sand. A $22.5 million San Diego Association of Governments entailed pumping more than 1.4 million cubic yards of sand onto regional beaches.

Residents believe the pooled seawater is seeping under their homes, into parking garages, and percolating through their front sidewalks where street-side landscaping is dying. Residents now fear their sewer, water, and  phone lines will corrode.

“I’ve lived here 30 years on Seacoast Drive,” said Dave Recker. “I own the place, and as a surfer I loved the new sand, but something went wrong with the grading. I’ve never seen anything like it. Normally, the water flows back out to sea. Now it forms a pond and within two days it’s seeping under the driveway and concrete slab. We have cast-iron lines and there’s no telling the damage being done.”

Ed Vea with the Imperial Beach office of the city manager relayed a message to Seacoast Drive residents that SANDAG acknowledged there have been problems with pooling water and drainage in areas where new sand was placed, including the southern portion of Seacoast Drive. Residents were told that on Tuesday, December 11, they would start remedial grading on the new sand to alleviate the problems.

“Two bulldozers showed up,” said Recker. “They pushed sand against the rocks the whole length of the beach. This just changed the pool, moving it 20 feet further from our homes.”

Several buildings north of Recker’s, a Rescue Rooter crew was busy pumping water out from a condominium’s underground garage. The foreman on the project said the water was storm runoff from the recent rains and that he wasn’t unaware of any leaking seawater complaints.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

San Diego deemed perfect setting for season two of Disney+ quasi-hit

The Right Stuffing
Beachfront homes on Seacoast Drive
Beachfront homes on Seacoast Drive

Some Imperial Beach residents who own beachfront condominiums are worried. They say they have been complaining to city hall for months after high-tide water started pooling in an area of beach that was rebuilt with sand. A $22.5 million San Diego Association of Governments entailed pumping more than 1.4 million cubic yards of sand onto regional beaches.

Residents believe the pooled seawater is seeping under their homes, into parking garages, and percolating through their front sidewalks where street-side landscaping is dying. Residents now fear their sewer, water, and  phone lines will corrode.

“I’ve lived here 30 years on Seacoast Drive,” said Dave Recker. “I own the place, and as a surfer I loved the new sand, but something went wrong with the grading. I’ve never seen anything like it. Normally, the water flows back out to sea. Now it forms a pond and within two days it’s seeping under the driveway and concrete slab. We have cast-iron lines and there’s no telling the damage being done.”

Ed Vea with the Imperial Beach office of the city manager relayed a message to Seacoast Drive residents that SANDAG acknowledged there have been problems with pooling water and drainage in areas where new sand was placed, including the southern portion of Seacoast Drive. Residents were told that on Tuesday, December 11, they would start remedial grading on the new sand to alleviate the problems.

“Two bulldozers showed up,” said Recker. “They pushed sand against the rocks the whole length of the beach. This just changed the pool, moving it 20 feet further from our homes.”

Several buildings north of Recker’s, a Rescue Rooter crew was busy pumping water out from a condominium’s underground garage. The foreman on the project said the water was storm runoff from the recent rains and that he wasn’t unaware of any leaking seawater complaints.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

A friendly reminder from your neighborhood meth dealer

Surefire Meth-od
Next Article

How Nature Lovers Survive Covid on Mt. Whoville, Evanescence Live from Rock Falcon Studio, Holiday Music, Crafts, Food and Photos

Events December 3-December 5, 2020
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close