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West area of destroyed White Rock promenade re-opening

Last Updated Feb 7, 2019 at 12:03 pm PDT

Summary

White Rock's west beach is opening after the promenade and pier were destroyed in December's record-breaking windstorm

The East beach and pier remain closed for repairs

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) — Over a month after a record-breaking windstorm destroyed White Rock’s pier and shoreline, part of the promenade is re-opening.

The City of White Rock is opening the West beach area at noon tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 7. The East beach is expected to stay closed until the end of April, and the pier won’t be opening until at least the end of August.

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This is after the city’s engineering and operations department and clean-up crews removed more than 500 tonnes of logs and garbage from the shoreline.

Fuel tanks, batteries, metal fragments and parts of boats were also removed.

Before and after shore clean-up at the West beach area of the White Rock pier. (Source: City of White Rock)

“I am so pleased to hear that we will be reopening this area of the Promenade, two days ahead of schedule,” White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker said in a press release. “Staff and our partners have been working hard to clean up the debris, garbage, and hazardous material since the December 20, 2018 storm hit our waterfront.

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“It is clear that much work still needs to be done, but we are hopeful that we can share more good news with our community about the progress we’re making around waterfront restoration efforts.”

White Rock’s pier was destroyed in the December storm, and fixing it will cost between $14 and $16 million to repair it, with $4.2 to $4.6 million needed for immediate repairs.

Before and after shore clean-up at the West beach area of the White Rock pier. (Source: City of White Rock)