Car­bon­ear roads un­dam­aged as rough seas tor­ment town

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There were some tense mo­ments last Tues­day in Car­bon­ear as the high tide sent wave af­ter wave into the break­wa­ter pro­tect­ing Beach Road.

But when all was said and done, the road was in fine shape, as was Lower Road next to Tay­lor’s Beach. The town cut off ac­cess to both roads for a few hours Feb. 14 due to storm ac­tiv­ity. De­bris washed onto the roads, in­clud­ing rocks.

“It was a high surge, and high tide was at 9:30 a.m., and both of that with the high winds,” noted Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr. “We closed it around 8 a.m. or so, more for safety then any­thing else. There was de­bris and rocks com­ing in over the break­wa­ter, and also down on Tay­lor’s Beach, which has no break­wa­ter.”

By 1 p.m., con­di­tions im­proved enough for the town to re­open both roads to traf­fic.

“No dam­age to the roads or noth­ing like that,” said the mayor. “That hap­pens ev­ery now and then when you get the right cir­cum­stances.”

The ex­tended storm that started early Tues­day morn­ing and ex­tended well into Wed­nes­day was a unique event as far as the mayor was con­cerned. He reck­ons last week’s snow­storm was the big­gest Car­bon­ear has ex­pe­ri­enced in quite some time.

“We had a lot of snow,” the mayor said. “We had a full crew out (Tues­day), and I think if any­body needed to get out, they could’ve got­ten out. But it was good that most places closed so it gave the boys a chance to do their work … An old-fash­ioned storm, I calls this.”


A sec­tion of Lower Road near Tay­lor’s Beach was also closed to traf­fic last Tues­day for a few hours.

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