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Deck at The Inn at Sunset Cliffs collapses after high surf slams against cliffs

Posted at 11:12 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 16:17:45-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - As high tide continues to take over San Diego’s beaches, some residents living near Sunset Cliffs are concerned about the possible erosion caused by waves crashing against the cliffs.

Chris DuCharme, an Ocean Beach resident of 30 years, said a deck overlooking the beach collapsed at The Inn at Sunset Cliffs a few days ago, after the cliffs below crumbled.

“That entire patio behind me was all one patio about two to three weeks ago,” he said as he pointed out the collapse to 10News.

The signs posted along the area say it all: The cliffs are unstable.

DuCharme worries many of the properties along the coast are at risk because of potential major erosion. He said it's something he has seen plenty of times at Sunset Cliffs.

“You get something like that,” he said. “Where you get a super high tide, and a big wave will come and double up on itself right at that patio and that wall.”

The bottom of a stairwell connected to the deck was also ripped away by the ocean.

“It is very violent down there,” said DuCharme. “It’s like a big washing machine on the big cycle.”

The high surf also brings with it a Beach Hazard Statement, which was issued by the National Weather Service and in effect until Friday afternoon.

Crews worked Wednesday morning to cut and remove large pieces of concrete and metal still hanging on to the partially collapsed deck. A crane was brought in to lift and remove the collapsed pieces.

An employee at the front office of The Inn at Sunset Cliffs said they could not comment on the issue.