A construction crew destroyed part of the seawall on the Balboa Peninsula Wednesday and inadvertently let the high tide in, flooding the street and nearby garages and homes.
Workers apparently removed the cap of a section of seawall at 36th Street and Finley Avenue as part of the work they were doing on a residential lot.
The tide that night was just over six feet. Witnesses say the street was filled with about two feet of water.
Residents called city authorities around 8 p.m. to report the flooding. City crews pumped water out and placed sandbags along the broken seawall.
The seawall won’t be able to be permanently replaced very quickly and the city is working with the construction company to develop a temporary solution.
Sandbags are available through the city for residents in need.