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Storm-damaged Ocean Beach pier will remain closed until repairs completed

High surf caused damage on the Ocean Beach pier that will keep it closed until further notice, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Posted on January 9, 2023

The Ocean Beach pier, damaged in places in last week’s stormy weather, will stay closed to the public until further notice.

It could take weeks for crews to assess the damage and make repairs so it is safe, said San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rick Romero.

“That’s going to be out of commission for a couple of weeks, if not more,” Romero said. “We got hit pretty good. The swell we had was pretty significant, something we haven’t had, as far as size-wise, in a long couple of years.”

The storm damaged some guardrails on the pier and the pier’s electrical wiring, Romero said.
Repairs won’t start until the water is calmer.

“It’s going to take some time for city crews to go out there, reassess it, get all the fixes done. And we also have another swell coming in on Tuesday,” he said. “It’s not going to be as big, but we’ll have definitely some surf still. So nothing really gets done until the surf drops.”

On Jan. 6, the heavy surf and tides tore apart some of the guardrails, and in some places uprooted wooden posts from the concrete, according to a tweet from San Diego Fire-Rescue.

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