In anticipation of unusually high tide this week, Newport Beach has installed flood barricades along its beachfront roads.
With a tide forecast to top 7 feet 8 inches, city officials are bracing for flooding on Newport Peninsula and around Balboa Pier. Sand berms up to 6 feet high have been built along A and B streets, the Junior Lifeguard Facility near Balboa Pier and at municipal parking lots for the Balboa and Newport piers.
Ditches designed to help dissipate water have also been dug around G Street, which has been flooded during previous high tides.
"There's no high surf predicted simultaneously, so this is just precaution," said Supt. Rick Greaney of Newport Beach Operations Support.
"There's no need for sandbags and no need to worry. This is just a protective measure."
Greaney said the tide is running half a foot above normal. High-tide conditions are expected to last through the Fourth of July weekend.