Bulldozers Head Back to IB to Level Sand After Water Damage Complaints

Uneven space left in sand as a result of recent sand replenishment pooled water near homes.

Bulldozers were used to place roughly 300,000 cubic yards of sand on the Imperial Beach shoreline in September and October. Earth movers are expected back in IB Tuesday to level uneven areas of sand, said SANDAG representative Shelby Tucker.

Grading will take two days or less along 3,000 feet of shoreline south of Imperial Beach Boulevard, Tucker said.

Uneven areas in sand added to the Imperial Beach shoreline during the 2012 Regional Beach Sand Project caused pooling during rain events and high tide.

Homeowners and residents on Seacoast Drive complained that before sand replenishment even finished that water was seeping through sidewalks and car ports and were concerned about the potential impact to home foundations.

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Jeff Knox December 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Good luck. Unless the sand is graded properly - sloping DOWN towards the ocean - big surf events will more than likely push water up over the initial berm where it will once again compact the sand causing that sand to subside and collect the water in pools. The pooled water will try to seek its level and percolate to the street which is lower than the sand.
ceemee too December 11, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Tuesday is return date and they didn't specify which one. Considering it is govt entity, I imagine that it is second Tuesday in the week.
Paul Gallegos December 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Instead of grading the beach, a better project would have been using the technology to promote the ecology through a series of artificial reefs. This would have been a win/win for everyone.
Ed Sorrels December 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Groins would probably be a better idea as they tend to inhibit sand transfer. The problem is long shore trasnfer and reef's are nice for the surfers but not as effective as groins would be in stopping long shore transfer of our sand, Problem is they are a damn sight more expensive than pumping a little sand once in awhile.
Miriam Iosupovici December 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Thanks, Jeff: You are absolutely correct ab the need for sloping. The plan is to grade properly this time. However, as of today, SANDAG et al has not found the equipment to grade, so the regrading is postponed until ?


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