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Long Beach Harbor bears scars from Hurricane Isaac

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About half the structures at the Long Beach Harbor were either destroyed or had significant damage. About half the structures at the Long Beach Harbor were either destroyed or had significant damage.
The harbor master said there is still a lot of damage assessments and clean-up work to do, including pulling out two disabled vessels that sank during the storm. The harbor master said there is still a lot of damage assessments and clean-up work to do, including pulling out two disabled vessels that sank during the storm.
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

The Long Beach Harbor took quite a beating from Hurricane Isaac. According to the Long Beach Harbor Master, about half the structures there were either destroyed or had significant damage.

Boards were ripped from the decking. The fuel pier and pumps were destroyed. Right now, and there is no power or water service.

"Walking in, I just knew I got a lot of work ahead of me," said Bill Angley, Long Beach Harbor Master. "I knew the water and the wave action was going to take its toll, but I didn't think it was going to be near this bad."

On Tuesday, Angley and a city engineer representative took a boat out to get a closer look at the damage.

"We lost 30-plus finger piers. Both fishing piers are completely demolished," said Angley. "The south end's missing the fence, guard rail. The pavement is buckled, anywhere between three to four foot holes in it."

All four launch piers were also damaged.  Angley said two of them have to be completely rebuilt. Crews have already started removing the hazards and scooping-up the broken boards and other debris in the water.

One boat owner came to check on the condition of his slip and mooring lines.

"It's in good shape. It's no problem. Most of them on that side of the pier are okay. I lucked out," said Thomas Taff.

About 190 vessels were docked at the harbor before Isaac forced them to flee. About 40 boats have returned. Angley said there is still a lot of damage assessments and clean-up work to do, including pulling out two disabled vessels that sank during the storm.

"We'll remove the boats that are sunk in the harbor so they're not a navigational hazard so we can continue with our cleanup and possibly bring more boats back that belong here in the Long Beach Harbor," said Angley.

Another big task ahead is to remove all the debris under water. The harbor master said a side-scan sonar will be used to determine the amount of debris and the location.

Angley said after Hurricane Katrina, more than 90-percent of the Long Beach harbor had to be rebuilt.

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