Only mi­nor dam­age in Bur­geo

Town man­ager says hand­ful of base­ments flooded, but no other sig­nif­i­cant dam­age from Thanks­giv­ing storm

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - BY BRYAN TAIT

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.

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