Coaticook clean-up continues
The town of Coaticook is still cleaning up after last Tuesday night’s heavy rains which caused the Coaticook River and the Pratt Creek to flood, washing away cars, roads and forcing some residents to evacuate their homes. The town of Compton was also hit by the flooding which affected all the roads leading to the town and forced some residents to head to the Town Hall for
emergency shelter for fear of landslides.
The combination of the strength of the downpour, 83 millimeters in just a few hours, and debris such as trees and pieces of wood building up under the bridge, caused the Pratt Creek to overflow once again, flooding downtown streets and businesses along Child Street. One car was swept into the middle of the Coaticook River and its driver had to be rescued by the town’s firefighters. About twenty Coaticook streets or roads will need repairs, including major repairs on the following: Perreault, Compton, de la Bruere, Lafond, Lessard, Boivin, Lehoux, Thornton, Cutting, Andrews and Barnston. The town expects that the closed roads will all be open within two weeks and that the work will be finished by the end of July. The work is estimated at between $300,000 and half a million, although new problems are being found daily.
The major roads that were closed due to the flooding included part of Route 147, between Coaticook and Compton and Compton and Waterville; the 208 between Compton and Martinville and Compton and Hatley; the 251 between Martinville and Johnville; the 108 between the Capelton Road and the Massawippi River Bridge.
Residents that were affected by the flooding were able to meet with representatives of the Ministry of Public Security on Monday at the Coaticook Town Hall. They were encouraged to hear that the government will reimburse 80 % of the damages suffered by homeowners but they must apply to the program within a month. Businesses that were affected will receive money representing 75% of their material damages and money to carry out repair work. There is no government money for business lost
This car, in downtown Coaticook, was stuck in deep mud after the Pratt Creek flooding.
Chunks of road, such as in this photo taken along route 141 near the Sureté du Quebec station, washed away after the heavy rainfall in the Coaticook area last week.