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Big waves crash ashore and into the pier at Seal Beach, California on August 27, 2014, where some overnight flooding occurred as the surging ocean water resulting from Hurricane Marie almost reached beachfront homes. And as surfers prep for what could be some of the biggest swells of the year, county and city officials are using tractors to fill in sand berms along coastal beaches, in a hopeful effort to avoid any flooding or other damage resulting from Hurricane Marie. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: A general view of atmosphere during th huge swells generated by hurricane Marie Reach along the southern California coastline on August 27, 2014 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Surf watchers are splashed at the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: A general view of atmosphere during th huge swells generated by hurricane Marie Reach along the southern California coastline on August 27, 2014 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The attraction of seeing the big waves resulting from Hurricane Marie continues to draw people to southern California beaches, as people view the waves crashing onto shore and into the pier at Seal Beach, California on August 27, 2014, where some overnight flooding occurred as the surging ocean water almost reached beachfront homes. And as surfers prep for what could be some of the biggest swells of the year, county and city officials are using tractors to fill in sand berms along coastal beaches, in a hopeful effort to avoid any flooding or other damage resulting from Hurricane Marie. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A bird stands ashore as big waves crash into the pier at Seal Beach, California on August 27, 2014, where some overnight flooding occurred as the surging ocean water resulting from Hurricane Marie almost reached beachfront homes. And as surfers prep for what could be some of the biggest swells of the year, county and city officials are using tractors to fill in sand berms along coastal beaches, in a hopeful effort to avoid any flooding or other damage resulting from Hurricane Marie. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: A general view of atmosphere during th huge swells generated by hurricane Marie Reach along the southern California coastline on August 27, 2014 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: A general view of atmosphere during th huge swells generated by hurricane Marie Reach along the southern California coastline on August 27, 2014 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
An unidentified surfer gets assistance from a Los Angeles County lifeguard on a watercraft, as heavy waves crash against the pier in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 photo, a belly boarder takes on a big wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. Southern California coastal communities have been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)
A big wave from Hurricane Marie smashes against the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )
A man is hit by waves on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A surfer rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A large crowd gathers to watch surfers and body surfer ride waves at the wedge on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 in Newport Beach, Calif. Beach goers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A surfer flies off a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A bogieboarder rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Hector Brown sweeps out his aunt and uncle's house in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The entire house and garage was flooded by a foot of water and muddy sand late Tuesday night after low-lying streets in the Southern California coastal community was inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
Beach front property is flooded after high tide and large waves caused heavy flooding in Seal Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 photo, a belly boarder takes on a big wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. Southern California coastal communities have been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 photo, residents carry sandbags to protect homes after high a tide and large waves caused heavy flooding in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)
A lifeguard tower knocked over by high tides sits on the beach as people stand on the sand wall on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. Parts of the low-lying Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Beachgoers watch large waves crash on the shore at Seal Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Residents in Southern California coastal areas filled sandbags and built sand berms Tuesday to ward against possible flooding from big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie off Mexico's Pacific coast. A large southerly swell was expected to produce large waves, rip currents and strong longshore currents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Community volunteer Edwin Schakeroh, left, helps Gavin Greely a resident fill sand bags in preparing for an expected storm surge in Long Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Southern California coastal areas are preparing for the arrival of big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )
Watching from a safe distance behind a barricade of traffic cones, beachgoers watch huge waves crash onto the shore at The Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast is expected to produce large waves, rip currents and strong longshore currents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 photo, a woman drives through a flooded street after high tide and large waves caused heavy flooding in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)
A man carries his board as he walks through the flooded beachfront properties, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Seal Beach, Calif. A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Onlookers gather along the beach to watch storm waves from Hurricane Marie in Seal Beach, Calif. in Seal Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
A lifeguard watches surfers ride waves at the wedge on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 in Newport Beach, Calif. Beach goers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast on Mexico. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Marie taken fom the International Space Station Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014. The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents due to Marie. (AP Photo/NASA, Reid Wiseman)
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By GILLIAN FLACCUS

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A low-lying street in the Southern California shore community of Seal Beach was inundated by rising seawater early Wednesday while authorities along the coast braced for an even bigger storm surge brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.

Several homes and garages were flooded after water cleared a 2 1/2 foot wall along several blocks of an oceanfront street, said police Sgt. John Scott.

Resident Blanca Dubonbrown told City News Service she woke up late Tuesday to find her first-floor apartment bedroom under 3 inches of water. Several of her neighbors in ground floor apartments also experienced flooding.

"I was getting ready with the sandbags, but it was too late when I tried to put them up," she said.

Another breach was reported less than a mile to the north, in the Peninsula neighborhood of Long Beach, where a sand berm was overtopped by the storm surge, causing minor street flooding, according to fire department spokesman Jake Heflin.

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No injuries were reported.

Seal Beach Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey said crews were trying to dig a channel to allow water that had breached a beach wall to drain back into the ocean.

Workers were also piling sandbags along the streets and erecting a sand berm to hold back the storm surge before the next high tide, expected shortly before 11 a.m.

"I've been doing this for 25 years, and this is the biggest southern swell I've seen," Bailey told City News Service.

The National Weather Service said beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves and rip currents. Swimmers and surfers were urged to be aware of the dangerous conditions.

At The Wedge in Newport Beach, a famous surfing spot, dozens lined the beach on Tuesday to watch bodysurfers get pounded by storm-driven waves up to 10 feet high. People took photos and video and clapped, whistled, and cheered when a bodysurfer caught one of the swells.

Lifeguards with flippers and rescue batons at the ready patrolled the edge of the water and two rescue boats kept an eye on the dozen or so brave souls in the water. An ambulance was on stand-by.

Would-be big-wave surfers who came out said they were hoping for swells up to 30 feet Wednesday. If they materialize, it will be the biggest wave event at The Wedge since 1997, when Hurricane Linda produced monster swells, said Tim Burnham, who's making a documentary about the famed surfing locale.

"This is the stuff that you dream of: rainbows, unicorns, Southern Hemi swells, hurricane swells," he said as he dried off from a session in the waves.

"You definitely have a healthy amount of fear," Burnham said. "You know, you don't want to be stupid. You're here to push yourself, but at the end of the day you want to go home to your family."

Some 60 miles to the northwest in Malibu, where waves were 6-to-8 feet high, a surfer was pulled unconscious from the water at Surfrider Beach on Tuesday and later died at a hospital, authorities said. It was not clear whether the death was related to the surf and may have been from a medical condition, Kyle Daniels, a Los Angeles County lifeguard captain, told the Orange County Register. Malibu Pier was closed after a piling was knocked loose Tuesday in big waves.
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