Hurricane Nicholas destroys Seabrook’s Pine Gully Fishing Pier

The 1,000-foot pier was destroyed by hurricane waves. (Courtesy city of Seabrook)
The 1,000-foot pier was destroyed by hurricane waves. (Courtesy city of Seabrook)

The 1,000-foot pier was destroyed by hurricane waves. (Courtesy city of Seabrook)

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The 1,000-foot pier was destroyed by hurricane waves. (Courtesy city of Seabrook)
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Debris from the destruction of the pier could be seen ashore post-storm. (Courtesy city of Seabrook)
Editor's note: This story was updated at 2:59 p.m. Sept. 15 to clarify the parties involved in reconstructing the pier.

While high waters from Hurricane Nicholas have receded in Seabrook, the storm took the city’s Pine Gully Fishing Pier with it as it moved across the coast.

Wind damage or flooding have affected 30 Seabrook homes, said LeaAnn Petersen, the city’s director of community and visitor relations, on Sept. 15. The extent of the damage in these homes has not yet been determined, but public works crews have cleaned up roadway debris, she said.

The storm knocked out power for thousands of Bay Area residents Sept. 14, and toppled some trees and branches the evening prior. The Todville Road area sustained about 18 inches of water, all of which has receded, Petersen said.

“The wave action that was along with the storm is what really damaged fishing piers and decks, and things like that,” she said.

The 1,000-foot fishing pier was ripped away due to waves, and debris washed up onto the shore near the pier. Officials are saddened to have to cancel the in-person Kids’ Fish event for the second year in a row, Petersen said.

“We were excited to hold it this year, and we can’t now because it was held on the pier,” she said. “It’s just gone. It’s so sad.”

Hurricane Nicholas brought heavy rains and two to four feet of storm surge to the area, Petersen said. Since Seabrook is located so close to the water, many homes are built on stilts, meaning the two to four feet of surge did not cause much concern, she said.

League City officials said Sept. 14 there was no reported flooding of homes or buildings. Previous storms brought more excessive tides and surges in the Bay Area, Petersen said: Seabrook saw 12 feet of storm surge during Hurricane Ike, and saw high tides during Hurricane Harvey but no storm surge.

Seabrook will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconstruct the pier, but it is not likely to be rebuilt anytime soon, Petersen said.

“It's probably going to be a long process,” she said.
By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.



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