No ig­nor­ing Igor

The Compass - - NEWS -

The Con­cep­tion Bay North and Trin­ity South re­gions were spared the worst of Hur­ri­cane Igor when it struck the prov­ince on Tues­day, Sept. 21. But there was plenty of dam­age and de­struc­tion through­out the re­gion. We have as­sem­bled this col­lec­tion of pho­tos by An­drew Robin­son, Bill Bow­man and Terry Roberts to il­lus­trate the de­struc­tive power of what is be­ing called the most pow­er­ful storm to hit the prov­ince in mod­ern times.

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Com­pass

Fred Dakins’ cube van on Pond­side Road in Car­bon­ear was com­pletely sur­rounded by wa­ter last Tues­day. High wa­ter lev­els are ac­tu­ally not an un­com­mon sight in this area. It hap­pens ev­ery time beach rocks block up the mouth of the chan­nel un­der the Gut Bridge, caus­ing Ros­siter’s Pond to over­flow its banks. But last week’s flood­ing was com­pounded by heavy rain­fall in a short space of time from Hur­ri­cane Igor.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

Car­bon­ear Town Coun­cil worker Tom Gear uses a chain­saw to cut a large branch from a tree out­side Clas­sic Clip­per at the corner of Sut­ton’s Hill and Wa­ter Street East. The branch was one of many branches and trees winds from Hur­ri­cane Igor had blown to the ground in the heav­ily tree-lined area of Crocker’s Cove.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

Marie Par­sons of Bris­tol’s Hope in Con­cep­tion Bay North chats with her neigh­bour, Ray Hynes, on Wed­nes­day. The Par­sons’ 14-foot alu­minum boat and trailer, which was parked in their drive­way, was flipped twice by the wind dur­ing Tues­day’s storm. Strangely, Hynes’ much lighter ca­noe, which was propped up on two benches in his drive­way, didn’t budge. Par­sons planned to leave the boat un­til her hus­band, Stan, gets home later this week.

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Com­pass

Runoff from the hills in Har­bour Grace caused prob­lems for por­tions of Har­vey Street filled with gravel. Town crews kept busy work­ing to make sure the road re­mained even and pass­able for driv­ers try­ing to use it.

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Com­pass

Runoff from Hur­ri­cane Igor’s down­pour cre­ated new bod­ies of wa­ter in Har­bour Grace, as was the case on this newly-formed stream run­ning down a hill on the north side of the com­mu­nity.

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Com­pass

Cars on Al­berta Drive in Har­bour Grace had to be on their toes to avoid fallen tree branches next to the lo­cal play­ground. Many trees and large branches were downed last Tues­day as a re­sult of heavy winds blow­ing up­wards of 135 kilo­me­tres per hour, ac­cord­ing to mea­sure­ments taken from a weather sta­tion in Grate’s Cove.

Photo by Daphne Hearn/The Com­pass

Josh Hearn and his fi­ancée, San­dra Neil, stand in a newly cre­ated ditche out­side their home on Long’s Hill, in Har­bour Grace

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Com­pass

It was a wet ride from driv­ers try­ing to nav­i­gate the west-end of Wa­ter Street in Har­bour Grace dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Igor. Wa­ter runoff was cre­at­ing some mas­sive pud­dles in sec­tions of the road, re­sult­ing in a dra­matic scene as ve­hi­cles drove through the wa­ter.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

This gi­ant maple tree proved to be no match for Hur­ri­cane Igor, which huffed and puffed and blew many trees from their roots last Tues­day. The tree broke through a fence and landed across Wa­ter Street East, com­pletely block­ing the Crocker’s Cove area of Car­bon­ear to traf­fic. Town coun­cil work crews were on the scene quickly to cut up the many downed trees and large branches, and re-open the street. Dur­ing the height of the storm winds at Port de Grave were clocked at 181 kph.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

Steve Ar­miger stands watch over his and other boats at the ma­rina in Bay Roberts on Tues­day, Sept. 21.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

The har­bour in Bay Roberts was whipped in a frenzy by the gale force winds.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

This Town of Bay Roberts pickup truck was se­verely dam­aged af­ter the main stage at the recre­ation com­plex came down last week dur­ing the height of the storm. The two town em­ploy­ees work­ing nearby were lucky to es­cape in­jury.

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