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Lake Worth Beach pier closed Sunday for heavy swells

High rip current risk remains in effect through Monday evening
Lake Worth Beach Pier closed for high swells, Nov. 7, 2021
Posted at 11:25 AM, Nov 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-08 11:51:29-05

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — Heavy swells and high waves have closed the William O. Lockhart Pier in Lake Worth Beach on Sunday.

The announcement was made Sunday morning on the Lake Worth Beach Municipal Beach & Casino Complex's Facebook page.

Officials said once the inclement weather has subsided that staff will assess for damage and reopen the pier when it is safe to do so.

"On days like today, the swell is large enough, we shut the pier down because it'll knock up planks off it, which will cause a major hazard. There are huge holes in the pier as of right now, so it is closed to fishing and sightseeing until the swell calms down in the next two days," said lifeguard Frank Mule.

The king tides and big swells are also causing flooding on some West Palm Beach roads along the Intracoastal Waterway.

A coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. Monday for Palm Beach County. A high rip current risk remains in effect through Wednesday morning.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion are possible. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper water.

Minor saltwater flooding of low-lying lots, parks and roads may occur near the coast line. Temporary closure of some coastal roads is possible, especially during high tide.

Boaters can expect less clearance under fixed bridges.