Vehicular Access to Gulf Beaches to be Restricted Due to Beach Driving Lane Washout
Tropical Storm Nicholas Tidal Storm Surge Poses Threat to Safety
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Beach Operations crews are reporting increasingly large swells and continual tidal flooding along the City’s Gulf beaches.
The conditions are a result of Tropical Storm Nicholas moving along the Coastal Bend region. Despite the decrease in rain accumulation, the storm continues to push water into the City’s beaches and beach access roadways. The NWS is forecasting a two to four foot depth of floodwater on our beaches, making them hazardous for drivers. Currently, our beach driving lanes are underwater with surges up to the sand dunes and into many of the City’s access roads.
To reduce the threat to life and property, road closures will be in effect for Gulf Beach Access Roads 2, 3, and 3A, Newport Pass Road, Zahn Road, and Whitecap Boulevard through the duration of the adverse weather. City crews will reassess conditions at sunrise and make adjustments as necessary. These closures have been coordinated with the Texas General Land Office, which is supportive of the action.
Pedestrian access on area beaches will remain available. However, patrons are encouraged to exercise caution and monitor the Beach Flag Warning System. Additional information regarding the Beach Flag Warning System can be found on the “Corpus Christi Beaches” Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CCBeaches/. The public is urged to take precautions and follow local advisories for any updates.