Officials blocked off the Cove to traffic midday Saturday, Jan. 11, as the city braced for king tides and potential flooding.
Water crested over the parking area and onto rocks to the south, providing a show of nature that captivated onlookers.
“We’re letting them know we have high tides today,” Public Works Director Dale McDowell said. “A lot of them aren’t aware of it. We’re closing the Cove for parking so the debris doesn’t end up coming over and damaging vehicles or people.”
As McDowell directed traffic, front loaders along Sunset Boulevard readied to remove water and debris swept onto the roadway.
Members of the Seaside Fire Department’s water rescue team and volunteers advised spectators to stay on high ground, away from the tides that could move rapidly and without warning.
Seaside Fire Department volunteer Dalton Smith and Public Works Director Dale McDowell at the Cove Saturday.
Plumes rose from the breakers as the whitecaps swelled offshore and rolled into the Cove.
Wave-watchers skipped back for safety or found higher ground.
Spectators found a safe vantage point at Seltzer Park, greeting the wave show with oohs and aahs, photos and videos, until the tide began to subside.
In downtown Seaside, waves came up to the Turnaround, McDowell added.
While Saturday’s waves were the highest of the weekend, crews came out Sunday, too, closing Sunset Boulevard for several hours.