An­other evac­u­a­tion in Coat­i­cook

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Vic­to­ria Vanier Coat­i­cook

LastFri­day, for the sec­ond time this spring, some peo­ple had to be evac­u­ated from their homes in Coat­i­cook. This time it was the Pratt Creek, which runs right through the cen­ter of town, that did the dam­age. Around 5:30 pm on Fri­day, the city’s authorities were told that the Pratt Creek had eroded the walls of the foun­da­tion of a her­itage build­ing in the down­town sec­tor, which houses the Bar le Baril, and that there was a risk of col­lapse. Apart­ment res­i­dents and busi­nesses on Child Street be­tween Main and Court Streets were evac­u­ated just to be on the safe side. The town sup­plied sand­bags to help hold back the rush­ing waters. Cars parked in that area also had to be moved to give ac­cess to the area to pub­lic se­cu­rity of­fi­cials.

By 10:30 pm on Fri­day, the sit­u­a­tion had sta­bi­lized. Three of the build­ings in that area re­mained closed un­til an en­gi­neer did a thor­ough in­spec­tion and de­clared that there was no dan­ger of col­lapse. Yes­ter­day morn­ing, the evac­u­a­tion no­tice of the three her­itage build­ings was lifted. Tem­po­rary brac­ing was put in place to pro­tect the foun­da­tion walls which will be per­ma­nently re­paired once the wa­ter level has gone down.

The Coat­i­cook River also over­flowed its banks in sev­eral places be­tween Coat­i­cook and again Len­noxville.

The level of the Coat­i­cook River had al­most reached the bot­tom of the Drouin Cov­ered Bridge last Fri­day.

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