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Storm's fierce, rogue waves rock Ventura Pier

January 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Heavy rain fell in Ventura on Wednesday morning, as fierce, rogue waves rocked the Ventura Pier back and forth.The Ventura Pier has been closed all the way through the weekend. The high surf damaged the pier, and it has not yet been repaired. Officials said waves reached higher than 25 feet on Tuesday. The extent of the damage is unknown.

The restaurant at the shore end of the pier is expected to be open on Wednesday, but it may not be the best idea because of the heavy rain expected in the area.

By noon, the waves were intense, going straight through the pier. Officials said the surf could reach up to 25 feet by the end of the day.

Engineers are expected to inspect the pier prior to reopening it.

No significant flooding has been reported in Ventura County, and there are no evacuations in the area.

The Ventura County Fire Department reminded residents that the best way to prevent any potential flooding is to be prepared before the rainfall starts.

"People who live in flood-prone areas shouldn't wait until the rain begins to prepare," said Capt. Ron Oatman in a press release. "The power of flood waters is enormous and, once it starts, it's very hard to fight. The best thing you can do is to have your home ready before the water comes."