Major damage to Port Germein jetty

Residents of the seaside town of Port Germein have been dealt another blow to their iconic jetty – high water and storm conditions caused thousands of dollars damage on Thursday.

The town had just recovered some of its tourist trade after the state government rebuilt the pier which was previously wrecked by high seas earlier this year.

The repair bill was many thousands of dollars and it seems the jetty, now broken in three places, will need work, possibly worth more money.

A high tide and wind lashed the shore on Thursday night with waves sending spray high into the air and water flooding at least one property on The Esplanade.

The retaining wall was demolished in two places by the force of the sea.

The conditions swept across the town as a result of a severe storm which hit the state.

Resident Kevin Tucker said he sat in the goods shed with his binoculars watching the drama as waves pounded of the jetty which is the town’s tourist “lifeblood”.

“The tourist season is coming so I don’t know what is going to happen with the jetty now,” he said.

“We only just had the jetty repaired so I don’t see it being repaired before summer now.

“There is a massive break in in it this time.

“The waves were crashing in … they smashed the wall to pieces.”

Mr Tucker and resident of The Esplanade David Murnane said they had both been in the town for about 12 years and had never seen weather like it.

Floodwaters surged under Mr Murnane’s carport door and deluged his backyard and shed.

Some of his firewood was floated around the backyard.

“I had it all packed nice and neat once,” he said,

“The shed is full of water. I was nearly ankle-deep in here – what can you do?”

An elderly woman who declined to be named said she had seen similar conditions in her 21 years in the town.

“It is the third time I have seen all these streets flooded,” she said.

“They said the jetty is gone in three places.

“I have seen water going over the jetty many times with spray almost as high as the power posts.”

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