A massive wave of sand washed over the coastal city of Newport Beach this week, damaging the city’s infrastructure and creating dangerous storm conditions for residents.
The storm dumped 10 feet of sand on the city, which is also home to a popular beach.
The beach is in the middle of a tidal zone and is not covered by protective beaches, making it susceptible to sandstorms.
The sand was a major concern for the city officials.
“Our streets and sidewalks are not protected from the sand,” Newport Beach Mayor Bob Price told reporters.
“That sand can be incredibly dangerous.
It can roll into the water and drown.”
The sand also could be a hazard for people with special needs.
“The sand is very slippery, and people who have mobility problems or those with disabilities, if they walk around the beach, they can be crushed,” Newport beach resident Mary Hines said.
“And if someone gets crushed under that sand, they could have to get help from a rescue ship.”
The storm brought the worst storm surge to Newport Beach in more than three decades.
More than half of the city was shut down and the storm caused widespread power outages, with more than 400,000 customers without power.
The city has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild.