Nov 19, 2009 11:33 PM by Steve Adamson
Pounding surf from storms over the years has taken its' toll on a particular bluff along Price St. near Shell Beach. So much so, emergency repairs have been authorized by the City of Pismo Beach City Council to fix the bluff. The repair involves buiding a seawall along the bluff just south of the clay tennis courts.
The Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles district office is currently doing a study along the coastline to look for erosion and offer solutions to fix the areas. They notified Pismo Beach officials about the Price St. section and the severity of the erosion, which required the emergency repair work. The work will begin on December 1st and will be completed by the end of December.
City Engineer Dwayne Chisam noted, "while it's not a pending failure, but were trying to avoid a storm related event that would cause a failure. If this wall were to fail for any reason it would sever Price St. and potentially could affect US 101."
Nearby, most folks were unaware of the severity of the bluff erosion. Tom Deghionna, president of the Pismo Beach Tennis Association says "we saw some personnel from various agencies kind of surveying it, and we wondered what was going on. But, we didn't think much of it."
"It's good to know, though that they're going to repair it before anything bad happens," noted Shell Beach resident Saundra Orchard who was walking along the area Thursday while heading to lunch.
The hope is that all the repair work can be completed before the arrival of any big winter storms.
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