No ignoring Igor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Josh Hearn and his fiancée, Sandra Neil, stand in a newly created ditche outside their home on Long’s Hill, in Harbour Grace
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.
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.
Steve Armiger stands watch over his and other boats at the marina in Bay Roberts on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
The harbour in Bay Roberts was whipped in a frenzy by the gale force winds.
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.