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New VIMS Pier withstands Ida

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Published on Nov 20, 2009

Although the storm tide from the November 2009 nor'easter brought more than 2 feet of water into the Boat Basin at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, rivaling the flooding levels experienced during Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and Tropical Storm Ernesto in 2006, VIMS' new concrete pier emerged unscathed. The structure, designed to replace the VIMS Ferry Pier after it was severely damaged during the previous storms, was purposefully elevated to minimize storm-related damage. The concrete pier's deck stands 13 feet above sea level. The storm tide at the U.S. Coast Guard pier on the York River peaked at 6.86 feet above mean lower low water. This time-lapse video runs from Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm to Friday, November 13 at 5:18 pm. The video was compiled by Gary Anderson and edited by Harold Burrell.

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