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Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last Sun­day, a work crew of over twenty were busy drilling be­tween five thou­sand and seven thou­sand holes through the thick ice that was cov­er­ing the Tomi­fo­bia River in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Hat­ley. “This year, the ice is be­tween twen­ty­five and forty-five cen­time­tres thick,” ex­plained Hat­ley’s mayor, Jac­ques de Léséleuc. Last year, the ice was thin in March and the town didn’t need to have holes drilled into it with this fairly re­cent in­no­va­tion in ice dam­age con­trol.

Drilling the thou­sands of holes, which are each roughly eight inches in di­am­e­ter, weak­ens the ice so that it breaks up faster and into smaller pieces. This re­duces the risk of flood­ing and the dam­age done to the shore­line. “It costs about $10,000 but it can save about $100,000 in dam­ages. We do it for the res­i­dents,” said Mr. de Léséleuc.

When asked if there was any news about the restora­tion work to be done on the St. James Hall, the mayor said: “We’ve had a meet­ing with Mr. Sweeney and we’ve heard that the work should start at the be­gin­ning of July. But we haven’t seen any plans and there haven’t been any re­quests for per­mits yet.”

Last year, a grant from the Que­bec gov­ern­ment to help pay for the restora­tion of the her­itage build­ing was an­nounced.

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