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Gulf State Park pier reopening on Alabama coast after Sally

January 29, 2021 GMT
Waves move near a damaged pier at Gulf State Park after Hurricane Sally moved through, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Gulf Shores, Ala. The hurricane made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Waves move near a damaged pier at Gulf State Park after Hurricane Sally moved through, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Gulf Shores, Ala. The hurricane made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Waves move near a damaged pier at Gulf State Park after Hurricane Sally moved through, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Gulf Shores, Ala. The hurricane made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Another part of the Alabama coast will return closer to normal more than four months after Hurricane Sally as the fishing pier at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores reopens on Saturday following repairs.

The pier was cut in two by the storm as it made landfall on Sept. 16, and workers have restored a 725-foot section closet to the beach, according to an announcement from the state. The end of the pier furthest from land remains inaccessible and won’t reopen yet.

The pier, which was built to withstand hurricanes, had just undergone some $2.4 million in renovations when Sally struck. The work included new wood, improved lighting, renovated restrooms and other additions.