Some flooding in Hatley
The Tomifobia River has flooded its banks in a few locations in Hatley. “There has been just a little flooding at the ends of some roads, nothing unusual so far. Most of the homeowners are used to this and they have taken precautions; a few have placed sandbags. Our fire department checked on the residents just to make sure everyone was all right and they ended up evacuating one woman,” said Hatley mayor, Denis Ferland.
The town was initially worried that the break-up of the ice may not go as planned given that they had the holes drilled in the ice of the river at the beginning of March, the usual time. “Because it was so cold in March, we were worried that the holes might not work well. But when the ice finally started to break up, we could see that the holes were still working. The ice has all left now so as long as we don’t get too much rain, we should be okay,” added Mr. Ferland.
Work is progressing well on the St. James Hall project. The roof has been replaced and new thermal windows have been installed on the inside. The bell tower was being finished on Monday of this week and the outside windows, now restored, will be installed soon. The next steps will be the restoring of the cornice and the sanding and painting of the exterior. The drainage field and septic system will wait until later in the spring. “We expect the job to be finished by July 1st, as long as we don’t find too many surprises. But even if the work is not completely finished, the building will be good to be used for the luncheon on July 1st,” said the mayor.
Work has begun to restore St. James Hall and is proceeding well.