Irene leaves Townshippers in the dark
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.
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.