Only minor damage in Burgeo
Town manager says handful of basements flooded, but no other significant damage from Thanksgiving storm
It could have been much worse. Despite a reported 234 millimetres of rain on Oct. 10, Burgeo came through the remains of Hurricane Matthew without much damage.
Town manager Blaine Marks said there was some flooding in 10 to 12 basements around town and a few shoulders were washed away, but the town is in good shape overall.
“We got the most rain but the least amount of damage,” he said.
Marks said town workers spent a lot of time last Tuesday and Wednesday sweeping gravel off the streets.
He said the town had few problems with catch basins and culverts thanks to regular efforts to keep those clear of debris.
There had been reports of gas rationing in Burgeo while Route 480 remains closed, but Marks said he spoke to the owner of the town’s only gas station, and was told there’s plenty of gas, diesel and propane available.
“The thing is it’s only the people in Burgeo going to be using gas,” Marks said. “Where are you going to go?”
Marks said Route 480 is blocked at Heron’s Arm, so the furthest anyone could go is four kilometres.