Myrtle Beach pier damaged in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew reopens

Myrtle Beach pier damaged in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew reopens
(WPDE)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A South Carolina pier heavily damaged in a hurricane four years ago is finally reopening.

The Springmaid Pier at the south end of Myrtle Beach welcomed its first visitors since its extensive rebuilding on Friday.

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The 1,000-foot long pier suffered extensive damage in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew scraped the South Carolina coast.

Myrtle Beach Springmaid Pier suffers extensive damage after Hurricane Matthew
Myrtle Beach Springmaid Pier suffers extensive damage after Hurricane Matthew (Walter, Haley (CMG-Charlotte)/WPDE)

Crews rebuilt the pier with steel instead of wood and separated it into five sections so it would be stronger and easier to fix if damaged.

A restaurant and tackle and gift shop is also on the pier, which is one of the longest on the East Coast.

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