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PHOTOS: Gulf State Park Pier closed for repairs from hurricane damage

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Hurricane Nate left plenty of cleanup for folks along Alabama’s beaches.  One of the gulf coast’s top attractions will be closed for a week or more because of it.  The Gulf State Park Pier was pounded by waves and suffered some damages. 

The pier is closed until further notice.  Park officials said they want the entire pier to be repaired and ready for visitors before opening it back up.  Crews began their second day of work replacing blown out and damaged panels on the south end of the pier Monday, October 09, 2017.

“From the “T” south, about 99 percent of the panels were blown up.  The water mains going out to the end were damaged.  We’ve had the electrical track that carries the electrical wires and things like that’s been damaged,” explained Park Ranger, Louis Williams.  “Basically, we’re going through, putting back what we can and surveying the damage as far as plumbing and electrical to get repaired.”

Williams said that at its peak, waves were breaking over the light poles on the pier.  The octagon at the end of the 1,500 foot pier saw the most impact.  Pictures Williams took after the storm show the extent of the damage.  

Railings were knocked off and panels blown out.  By design, the panels are made to be removed ahead of a storm, but Williams said Nate came in quickly and conditions got dangerous fast.

“We got out to the end.  We started at the octagon and they started removing panels.  We got about 75 percent of those done.  The weather became too severe too quick.  We had water spouts   forming in the area and we just deemed it too unsafe for anybody to be out here,” Williams said.

Park officials are still evaluating the full extent of the damage.  From what they’ve seen so far, they said it could take a week or longer until the pier reopens.  Until then, the only regulars allowed on the pier are pelicans.

While construction crews are busy getting the pier ready to reopen, the pier parking lot is also closed, meaning there will be no access the beachfront from there.  
 

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