Another evacuation in 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.