Closures Continue on Third Day of Winter Storm

The Ocean Beach Pier is closed until further notice

The third day of strong winds and rain hit San Diego Sunday as officials extended closures up and down the coast.

The Ocean Beach Pier was damaged by the high surf and is closed until further notice, according to San Diego lifeguards. The pier has been closed since Saturday evening.

At last report, the waves reached up to 15 feet at Ocean Beach.

In La Jolla, the west wall of the Children’s Pool was also closed Sunday as a safety precaution.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. Monday, but the county’s coastal flood warning has been canceled.

According to NBC 7 Meteorologist Greg Bledsoe, the rain is on its way out.

“Still a chance for some light, scattered showers around the county for part of Sunday, but for the most part, we’re looking at mostly cloudy skies to finish your weekend,” Bledsoe said.

Officials in the South County were just as worried about a big health hazarad as the high waves.

"The rule is whenever there's a storm, don't go out in the water," said Coronado Cays resident Jeff Couture.

From the Tijuana Estuary to the Silver Strand and Coronado, health workers posted warning signs to keep people out of the water due to a sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River.

Scott Beall, who also lives in Coronado Cays, said it's not just trash scattered in the sand that disturbs him; it's what's left lingering in the air.

"It's really polluted. You can smell, like, the detergent smell in the air, kind of stings your eyes," said Beall

In its first two days, the storm wreaked havoc across the county. 

Three families were displaced from their homes in San Carlos due to flooding Saturday. They reported the waters reached up to their electrical outlets. 

The California Highway Patrol said there were 313 collisions along San Diego freeways on Saturday, following Friday's 514 crashes. To put that in perspective, the CHP usually responds to between 50 and 75 crashes on a "good weather" day.

In Chula Vista Friday, winds pushed a 100-foot eucalyptus tree onto two townhomes Friday, leaving residents with nothing but a tarp between them and the weather outside. 

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