‘Racist city’ Newport Beach wrecked by floods just before Fourth of July, internet mocks it as ‘work of God’
Following high surf warnings by forecasters, a part of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach was flooded with water on Friday, July 3 afternoon. In no time, videos surfaced on the Internet and showed how the streets were swamped with knee-deep water and several cars were submerged in the Peninsula Park area. Sky5 aerial footage shows a glimpse of a sailboat washed ashore as waves came crashing in.
Witnesses say there were several people and a dog on board, an ABC7 reports says. Under the force of the strong currents, a sailboat smashed into smithereens but the rescue team reached in time and saved them. Reportedly, a bulldozer was seen picking up sand to either a barrier or trenches in order to stop the force.
The news soon started circulating on social media. "#BREAKING: A combination of high tide and high surf have caused some flooding at Balboa Island in Newport Beach. The flooding is about ankle deep and has reached around three blocks inland," one tweet reported the incident along with video footage.
Watch the flooding of Balboa Island here.
Within seconds, Twitter was buzzing with a string of tweets cracking jokes on how it was Mother Nature's call. "Mother Nature is telling the people of Newport Beach to stay the f**k home," one tweet read. Another said, "Mother nature hitting Newport Beach's racist white a** with a FLOOD at midnight on Fourth of July." Calling it a racist city, one said, "Newport Beach flooded? The most racist city flooded? The most racist city flooded on July 4th weekend? Love to see it. Love to f**king see it."
One said, "Racist a** Newport Beach is flooded on the 4th of July???? Sounds like the work of God to me," and another posted, "Knew that place was racist there's always that vibe that lets you know." Another Twitter user even went on to post: "Add the Newport Beach flooding to the list of weird things in 2020."
"LMAO I've never seen someone go as viral as you back to back. Newport Beach doesn't even sound like a place where people should live," one tweet read. Another said, "Newport Beach is flooding right before 4th of July great way to piss off them trump supporters White folks." Seeing the backlash, many locals responded. "Newport Beach floods every couple of years. The locals will handle this just fine."