Some flood­ing in Hat­ley

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier 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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Work has be­gun to re­store St. James Hall and is pro­ceed­ing well.

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