Submitted by Mayor Byron Brown’s Office
City of Buffalo Commissioner of Public Works, Parks & Streets Michael J. Finn, P.E., announced work to repair a section of the Bird Island pier, south of the Peace Bridge, is in full swing.
The $690,000 repair effort will reposition 29 massive concrete blocks that were slammed by the “Halloween storm” of 2019. During that intense storm-caused seiche, Lake Erie water levels rose 10.65 feet, the fourth-highest recorded rise.
An 8-foot rise is considered flood stage, and the 2019 storm pushed water levels another 2 1⁄2 feet above that benchmark.
The force of the water washed 10 of the blocks – which weigh between 10 and 15 tons – off their foundations, and nine others became misaligned.
The repositioning work, 85% of which is being paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, began July 11 and is slated to wrap up in mid-September.
Bird Island photos courtesy of the Office of City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown