B.C. to provide $1 million in funding for repairing windstorm-damaged White Rock pier

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      After the White Rock pier was heavily damaged by a B.C. windstorm in December, during which a rescue mission was launched to save a man trapped on it, municipal and provincial governments have announced funding for repairs.

      The B.C. government announced today (May 3) that it will provide a $1 million grant to help repair waterfront infrastructure at the White Rock pier and promenade caused by the extreme weather.

      White Rock city council approved $17.3 million for repairs to the waterfront and pier to be completed over the next two years.

      During the storm on December 20, a man was left stranded on the pier when the middle section broke off. Debris from damaged boats battered the pier as winds reached up to speeds of 70 to 90 kilometres per hour.

      The man was successfully rescued by helicopter.

      Concrete infrastructure and the shoreline, in addition to utility and power lines, were also impacted.

      White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker stated in a news release that the storm adversely affected residents and the local economy.

      The pier, originally built in 1914, extends 500 metres into Semiahmoo Bay.

      The first phase of the repairs will include the east beach and is slated to commence soon, with the project anticipated to be completed by autumn.

      During the December storm, the Vancouver park board closed Stanley Park and VanDusen Garden, B.C. Ferries cancelled several routes, and there were numerous power outages across the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

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