City crews sent to clean up driftwood debris on south pier

High wind and waves last week caused debris to wash up on the Grand Haven south pier, leaving wooden obstacles between the lighthouse and foghouse structures. "No, it's not an ArtPrize entry,' Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said. "Yes, it is driftwood.' According to McGinnis, the wood debris likely washed up on the south pier last week during high wind, waves and storms that occurred over Lake Michigan.
Alex Doty
Oct 7, 2011


When the storms Thursday night and Friday morning occurred, the surf was reportedly up more than 20 feet in the middle of Lake Michigan, weather officials said. According to National Weather Service meteorologists, wind gusts of more than 50 mph were recorded in the West Michigan Lakeshore region, and a weather buoy directly west of Grand Haven in the middle of the lake reported 23-foot waves during the high winds.

McGinnis said the driftwood located on the pier is something unique for the conditions that happened last week.

“It’s not anything that I’ve seen before,” he said. “I think it’s fairly unusual to see wave action like that at the same time we have driftwood out there and have it end up on the pier.”

McGinnis said city public works crews were sent out to the south pier to cut up the wood, remove it and dispose of it in a proper manner.


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