Parts of Irma came through the Beaufort area most of the day on Monday and Port Royal wasn’t spared. The surge at high tide Monday afternoon was responsible for the damage to one end of the structure.
“I came down early in the afternoon to take a look and everything was fine. Then I came back later and saw the damage,” said longtime Port Royal Town Manager Van Willis.
“It’s going to take some time to make the repairs. There’s a great deal involved and it’ll be closed awhile,” he added.
The iconic boardwalk is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. At approximately a quarter-mile long with a three story tower, folks flock to it year-round to enjoy fishing, a nice walk or a even a great workout.
Some estimate that it’ll take upwards of six months until the repairs are completed.
Irma, a storm some 500 miles wide, after tearing up the Caribbean, the Florida Keys and then Miami, made landfall on Sunday afternoon at Marco Island on Florida’s southwest coast and then proceeded north at a slow pace which gave Beaufort a full day’s worth of a battering from her wrath and knocked out power to tens of thousands locally and caused widespread flood damage all over Beaufort County.
The Sands Beach and the boat landing are still both open, and the town advises everyone to remain clear of the boardwalk.
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