$900K in damage to pier at Waveland
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 22, 2013, 17:25
The Waveland Board of Aldermen has selected an engineering firm and begun the process of repairing the Garfield Ladner pier, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Isaac last August.
Last week, the board selected Compton Engineering to oversee the repairs to the pier and Veterans Memorial at the foot of Coleman Avenue.
Mickey Lagasse of Compton Engineering said Tuesday that early estimates from FEMA indicate that the pier suffered about $900,000 in damage during Isaac. The veteran's memorial suffered about $60,000 in damage, Lagasse said.
Compton will now conduct its own review and inspection of the pier to see if there are any damages which was missed by FEMA.
The city is eligible for eighty percent reimbursement of the damages, officials said.
The city also has Tidelands funds which can be used for waterfront projects.
The Garfield Ladner Pier has been a staple in Waveland for several decades. The pier was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and was rebuilt and opened again in 2010.
Lagasse said the damage from Isaac appears to be mostly in the parking lot area and railing along the sides.
"It appears to be structurally sound," he said. "We are going to try to use as much of the previous materials as possible to save money."
Once a good assessment is completed, the repair designs will begin and the projects will go out for bid, Lagasse said.