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Old 11-10-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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<H1>Waves from Ida damage Gulf State Park Pier</H1><H4>By Jeff Dute </H4><H5>November 10, 2009, 2:09PM</H5><SPAN class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-photo" style="DISPLAY: inline"><SPAN class="photo-breakout photo-center medium">

The Gulf State Park Pier suffered moderate damage when waves generated by Tropical Storm Ida hit the structure over several hours Monday night and Tuesday morning.


Gulf State Park Assistant Superintendent Trey Myers said Tuesday 109 of the 5-foot, 5-foot sacrificial deck panels had been moved anywhere from and inch to being entirely blown out. One of the nearly 400-pound panels landed on and broke a water main. Several sections of handrail had also been destroyed, Myers said.


A walking inspection undertaken by representatives of the pier's contractor LCI Inc. and park officials of the pier's substructure revealed no obvious damage, but Myers said a more extensive inspection underneath the pier will take place once Gulf waters calm down.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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WOW, I guess they did'nt build it that well then?
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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uhhhh...didn't they supposedly build this one to be able handle cat 3's or something??
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Seriously, if this itty bitty rain shower could damage that pier what would an actual hurricane do.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:14 PM   #5
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I think the key phrase from the article was "sacrificial deck panels". It sounds like it worked exactly the way it was designed to. Better to lose the panels and avoidstructural damage. The storm certainly wasn't much in town, but the buoy 13mi out was consistently above 15 ft seas. That's no Ivan, but still pretty good waves.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:21 PM   #6
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C-monsters (11/10/2009)I think the key phrase from the article was "sacrificial deck panels". It sounds like it worked exactly the way it was designed to. Better to lose the panels and avoidstructural damage. The storm certainly wasn't much in town, but the buoy 13mi out was consistently above 15 ft seas. That's no Ivan, but still pretty good waves.
Yeah, those panels are designed to "blow out" during storm surge. that prevents more serious structural damage from occurring. And yes, the storm surge associated with this storm was more serious than one would think for a tropical storm. Considering the storm was a Cat 2 within 24 hour of making landfall, the surge associated with it was still somewhat sizeable around dauphin island, fort morgan, gulf shores.
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I thought they were suppose to take the middle panels out. I figured they wouldn't do it for this storm.

If that is the way it was designed I bet they will next time.
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:41 PM   #8
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So the floor panels are made to blow out. Just like the Pensacola Beach Pier. But the PB panels are no 400lbs each.

I wonder how much of the railing and other damage was done by those 400lb panels crashing around ?

Maybe they want to cable tether the panels they do not pull before a storm.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:41 AM   #9
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They should hinge or cable the panels so they still can blow out but not destroy other structures. Once there afloat, Look out!
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http://pnj.com/article/20091111/NEWS01/91111012
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