PACIFICA (CBS SF) — The Municipal Pier in Pacifica will be closed for at least a month after large tides and pounding waves from high surf damaged a 40-foot section of its deck and concrete railing.
City officials are working to find a structural engineering firm to assess the damage and help with repairs.READ MORE: Lake County Luxury Hotel, Housing Project Raises Concerns Over Wildfire Risk
It is the latest problem with structural damage from high surf that impacted the area since November.
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Big surf that started during the King Tides in November eroded the ground underneath the street. It was closed at Santa Rosa Avenue for a period of time during repairs.
Mayor Sue Beckmeyer said the larger-than-normal waves happen several times a year and that they are associated with the King Tide, a high tide event that coincides with a new moon.READ MORE: Theft Leaves San Jose Couple Bereft: 'We’re Heartbroken, All Our Precious Things Are Gone'
“I talked to a couple of folks in engineering and it looks like there’s some material loss under the promenade, which is the walkway that goes along there by the pier,” Beckmeyer said. “They’ve got to assess how much damage there is and figure out the best way to address it.”
Bay Area beaches have been under high-surf advisories frequently since last month. The latest advisory went into effect late Friday morning and remains in place through Saturday evening.
⚠️A High Surf Advisory has just been issued. 🌊Large, long period northwest swell and strong rip currents will
impact the coast from late Friday morning through early Saturday evening. N Monterey Bay (Santa Cruz)will be a sheltered, but still hazardous. #casurf #KnowYourLimit pic.twitter.com/ei52aspJtS
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) January 15, 2021
People with questions about the pier can call the Department of Public Works Field Services Division at (650) 738-3760, email email@example.com or visit http://www.cityofpacifica.org/pier.MORE NEWS: Indoor Restaurant Dining Resumes, Movie Theaters Reopen in SF and Santa Clara Counties
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