"Hanna leaves trail of damage at both Sargent, Matagorda" by: Mike Reddell

Photo courtesy of Bill Orton
Hanna heavily damaged the Sargent education pier last weekend. Both access structures were torn away in the storm.

   Hurricane Hanna’s impact on Matagorda County last week came down to a tale of two communities. 
   Storm-churned debris on gulf beach roads and damage to the education pier – both access structures were destroyed - marked the aftermath of Hanna at Sargent, said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard Tuesday, July 28. 
   Tidal surge at Matagorda covered FM 2031 (Beach Road) and left some riverside residences surrounded by water. 
   Ironically, Pollard said, Hanna left a 200 to 250-foot-wide flattened Matagorda Beach that was debris-free. 
   “The beach is prettier than it has been since Hurricane Harvey (2017),” the commissioner remarked. 
   “There was substantial damage in Sargent,” Pollard said. 
   Both the ADA ramp and walkway were taken out by the storm’s impact to the federally funded Gulf Pier and Education Program at Sargent that was finished in 2017. 
   The damage to the pier was two-fold, Pollard said – from the tidal surge eroding the beach soil around the support beams and slamming large debris chunks into the pier and its supports. 
   “We’ll see if we can’t come up with a better idea,” Pollard said about the pier damage. 

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