Some people gather near the ocean's edge to see the big waves amid high winds. Photo by Chris Stone
Some people gather near the ocean’s edge to see the big waves amid high winds. Photo by Chris Stone

Updated at 12:50 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

An unusually high tide along the San Diego coastline left stretches of streets underwater Tuesday morning in the Midway District — despite the fact that the location is several miles inland from the ocean.

The flooding in the area of Barnett Avenue and Midway Drive was reported about 8 a.m. as a possible water main break, but authorities soon realized that the surge had spilled out of storm drains overwhelmed by the tidal surge.

Though the site is a good 10- to 15-minute drive from the seashore, it is only about a half-mile from the northern end of a San Diego Bay boat channel that runs alongside Liberty Station. Flooding in the area from backed-up runoff drains is not uncommon, SDPD Public-Affairs Officer Joshua Hodge said.

By late morning, the water had receded off the streets, according to police.

The problem apparently stemmed from Tuesday morning’s arrival of a king tide, the highest astronomical tide of the year. The ocean condition will create the potential for similar saltwater soakings of generally dry land through Friday, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued coastal flood advisory that will remain in effect until noon Friday.

—City News Service