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