Irene leaves Town­ship­pers in the dark

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Fire de­part­ments all around the re­gion were on high alert on Sunday with emer­gency crews on standby in all of the lo­cal fire

sta­tions. Con­sid­er­ing the amount of rain, around 110 mil­lime­tres fell, and wind that our re­gion re­ceived on Sunday, we are lucky that most of our coun­try roads are still quite pass­able, how­ever, many res­i­dents are still wait­ing to get their elec­tric­ity re­stored. When we went to press on Tues­day, the en­tire com­mu­nity of Kingscroft was still without power after a large tree took down the power lines lead­ing to the vil­lage.

The Beebe sec­tor of Stanstead and the vil­lage of Og­den were without power for twenty-four hours be­cause of downed power lines. Res­i­dents of Stanstead East were without power for thir­tysix hours.

One hun­dred hy­dro teams were slated to go to New Hamp­shire on Satur­day to help re­store elec­tric­ity in that re­gion, how­ever, only half that amount ended up go­ing when the au­thor­i­ties could see that the storm was head­ing our way, and those teams were called back on Mon­day.

Although many of our gravel roads now have huge ruts along the side that will need to be re­paired, only one in the area washed away. The Gen­dron Road in Stanstead Town­ship had a section washed away and it is now closed. Leonard Castag­ner, the gen­eral di­rec­tor of North Hat­ley, had his eye on the level of Lake Mas­saw­ippi. “The level of the lake is still go­ing up but the rise is slow­ing down. I be­lieve it will crest by the end of the day and then be­gin to go down,” he com­mented yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. No flood­ing of homes had been re­ported.

Flood­ing was more in­tense south of the bor­der, ac­tu­ally the worst flood­ing in seven­ty­five years. The Bar­ton River rose two feet in twenty min­utes on Sunday and the bridge in Brown­ing­ton Cen­tre dropped three feet. Both route 5 and route 243 had to be closed.

Photos Stanstead Jour­nal

Stanstead

Stanstead Town­ship

North Hat­ley

Ayer’s Cliff

The worst road dam­age around Stanstead was at kilo­me­ter 11 North of High­way 55 where a washout al­most oc­curred; the em­bank­ment was be­ing re­built yes­ter­day by a Depart­ment of Trans­port crew.

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