The Imperial Beach Pier. Courtesy Port of San Diego

Imperial Beach Pier reopened at 7 a.m. Saturday after being closed for five days because of the loss of a piling.

Imperial Beach city officials informed the Port of San Diego around 6:30 p.m. Monday that a pier piling could be seen floating in the water, according to port public information officer Brianne Mundy Page.

Due to the apparent structural damage, the Imperial Beach lifeguards closed the pier to the public out of an abundance of caution for public safety, City Manager Andy Hall said.

An inspection and analysis determined the pier’s structural integrity was not diminished and is safe for the public to use, Mundy Page said.

The port’s engineering department and consultants are still working on a repair schedule for the broken piling. It remains undetermined what caused the piling to break but was likely due to surf and environmental conditions, Mundy Page said.

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