Bare­need build­ing hard-hit by Les­lie


A for­mer fish pro­cess­ing plant in Bare­need was se­verely dam­aged by the heavy winds that ac­com­pa­nied Trop­i­cal Storm Les­lie on Tues­day, Sept. 11.

A large sec­tion of two ex­te­rior walls on the two-storey steel struc­ture were ripped from the fram­ing, send­ing sheets of metal, ply­wood and pieces of in­su­la­tion across the nearby street and onto a nearby hill.

The spec­ta­cle at­tracted dozens of on­look­ers to the scene dur­ing and im­me­di­ately af­ter the storm, with the Bay Roberts fire depart­ment keep­ing a watch­ful eye on the sit­u­a­tion.

The prop­erty is owned by Ches Pet­ten and his son Lind­say of Nau­ti­cal En­ter­prises Ltd., which op­er­ates two fish­ing en­ter­prises.

Ches Pet­ten was still as­sess­ing the dam­age on Wed­nes­day, and was amazed by the fe­roc­ity of the winds.

The build­ing mea­sures 30 me­tres (100 feet) by 60 me­tres (200 feet) and was con­structed a half-cen­tury ago. Pet­ten said it was a sturdy struc­ture, and he never expected to see such dam­age.

“Yes­ter­day was one of the worst I’ve seen in this cove,” Pet­ten stated on Sept. 12.

In ad­di­tion to the dam­age to the build­ing, a nine-me­tre (30-foot) sec­tion of wharf was also de­stroyed by the heavy surf, and a 7.6 me­tre (25foot) fiber­glass fish­ing boat was knocked off its crib­bing. The prop­erty was in­sured, said Pet­ten. Many older res­i­dents of the community were say­ing they hadn’t seen such heavy winds since the mid-1950s.

A con­tract­ing com­pany was expected to ex­am­ine the build­ing, but Pet­ten sug­gested the struc­ture will be con­demned. He said salt spray soaked the elec­tri­cal sys­tem, and the roof also en­dured a heavy pound­ing.

“We may have to put up a new build­ing,” said Pet­ten.

The com­pany uses the build­ing to store its vast stock­pile of fish­ing gear, in­clud­ing crab and lob­ster pots, gill­nets, trawls and ropes.

Pet­ten said the gear sus­tained very lit­tle dam­age.

He said the storm hit dur­ing low tide, which likely pre­vented fur­ther dam­age to his prop­erty, and an ad­ja­cent pri­vate home.

“We re­ally got hit hard,” he said. “But these are only ma­te­rial things. The im­por­tant thing is no one was hurt.

“We’ve been down be­fore, and we will go on again.”


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