Coast Guard battles to reopen Georgia ports after hurricane Matthew

SAVANNAH, GA. - When Hurricane Matthew hit the Georgia coastline over the weekend, high winds damaged navigational signs and buoys, shutting down the state's busiest ports. Now, the Coast Guard is working to reopen ports in Savannah and Brunswick.

Tuesday, the Coast Guard was battling through damage to navigational aids, infrastructure and vessels along the waterways.

Before the ports can reopen, they'll have to fix 50 navigational aids and several major navigational buoys that were damaged, destroyed or moved by the storm.

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Ten boat crews from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina are leading the efforts in repairing these aids.Two 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tenders, the Cutter Anvil from Miami and the Cutter Cypress from Pensacola are also headed to Savannah to help recovery efforts.

“Opening the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick is my top priority,” said Marine Safety Unit Savannah commander Amy Beach. “I am in constant communication with our federal, state and local partners to make sure we do this as quickly and safely as possible.”

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