Half of Surfside Pier is gone.
Some of the support beams are gone, and the waves were breaking as high as the end of the pier.
Surfside Mayor Bob Childs said that pier could be a total loss, but he wouldn’t know until engineers ascertained the damage and structural integrity of the pier. He said 50 percent of the pier was gone.
It’ll be quite a loss for a while until we get things straightened out.
Bob Childs, Surfside Beach mayor
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“The pier is kind of the focal point of the town,” he said. “It will affect us in that respect. A lot of people, a lot of fisherman, go out on the pier. It’ll be quite a loss for a while until we get things straightened out.”
The pier will remain closed until the town can determine how badly the pier is damaged.
Damages were reported to four of the county’s eight piers that stretch out into theAtlantic Ocean.
The Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach, the Apache Pier in North Myrtle Beach and the more-than half-a-century-old Second Avenue Pier were all damaged by the crashing waves churned up by Matthew.
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Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian