- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Natural resources officials have ordered the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier in Lewes closed immediately over concerns of the safety of the World War II-era structure.

The Division of Parks & Recreation on Monday ordered the structure closed to fishers and pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The agency says an engineering analysis showed at least 24 wooden pilings were in need of repair.

Officials say the analysis also revealed that the pilings are deteriorating rapidly, and repairing them would be just a short-term solution.

The wooden pier was built during World War II by the U.S. Army as a mining wharf.

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