Shred­ded by Igor

Vic­to­ria cou­ple lose mo­bile home

The Compass - - NEWS - BY BUR­TON K. JANES bur­tonj@nfld.net

Com­pared to the mas­sive dam­age Hur­ri­cane Igor in­flicted on the Burin and Bon­av­ista penin­su­las, Con­cep­tion Bay North and Trin­ity South were left rel­a­tively un­scathed. How­ever, this is not to down­play the suf­fer­ing many fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enced from the ef­fects of the Na­ture’s wrath. Still, it could have been much worse.

Stand­ing on Coun­try Road in Vic­to­ria and look­ing in over the fence at the mo­bile home be­long­ing to Wal­lace and Ros­alee Dean, one might won­der how it could have been any worse.

Still, the cou­ple are thank­ful that, while their home was ef­fec­tively lost, no lives were taken.

At the height of the hur­ri­cane, Ros­alee was in her home, en­joy­ing a cozy wood fire, be­liev­ing she was safe from the heavy weather out­side. With­out warn­ing, the wind swooped down and lifted most of the ex­te­rior of the roof.

In what has to be an un­der­state­ment, Wal­lace, her hus­band, said, “It was quite a shock for her.”

Ros­alee’s first thought was that the side of her home was gone.

“She saw the in­su­la­tion go­ing, but she didn’t know the roof was gone,” Wal­lace added.

At least 40 feet of the 68-foot-long roof had dis­ap­peared, fly­ing at least 300 feet through the air like a deadly mis­sile. An­other por­tion of the roof hung pre­car­i­ously over the side of the build­ing. But Igor wasn’t fin­ished. “ The chim­ney crashed onto the ve­randa and beat it up,” Wal­lace said. “It came down to within per­haps three inches of one of the ve­hi­cles in the yard.”

Now, what re­mains of their mo­bile home is bent and twisted. The rest of the roof is open at the joints. Elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions snapped like match­sticks and the sewer mal­func­tioned.

“I know it was only a trailer,” Wal­lace said, “ but it was also our home for 36 years.”

A group of friends and relatives came by the night of the storm and pulled plas­tic and tar­pau­lins over the ex­posed sec­tions of the roof. They re­turned the next day and re­moved the Deans’ be­long­ings.

“But for them, we would’ve been in a re­ally hard state,” Wal­lace said.

Later a con­trac­tor de­ter­mined the home had ev­i­dently lifted off its foun­da­tion. “ The dam­age is ir­repara­ble,” Wal­lace was told.

The Deans had never be­fore seen such se­vere weather. “ The trailer weath­ered ev­ery storm that came along,” Wal­lace said. Even Trop­i­cal Storm Chan­tal passed them by three years ago.

The Deans are now liv­ing with their daugh­ter, but will soon be mov­ing into Wal­lace’s par­ents’ house.

“ Many peo­ple got flooded out,” Wal­lace said, “ but I think I’m the only one whose home got shred­ded. But you do what you got to do,” he added, res­ig­na­tion reg­is­ter­ing in his voice.

Wal­lace is em­ployed with New­found­land and Labrador Hy­dro. “ Now,” he said, show­ing a sense of hu­mour de­spite his cir­cum­stances, “I gotta try and get back to work to get some in­come to turn around and put some­thing back here.”

No in­surance was car­ried on their mo­bile home.

Mean­while, Wal­lace’s brother, Wade, is in the process of or­ga­niz­ing some fundrais­ers to help the Deans build a new house.

Photo by Bur­ton K. Janes/The Com­pass

Wal­lace Dean of Vic­to­ria stands on the ve­randa of his mo­bile home that was shred­ded by Hur­ri­cane Igor.

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