Holes in the seawall; not con­sid­ered un­safe but peo­ple asked not to walk on top of struc­ture

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY MAR­TINE BLUE martineblue­

The Ramea Town Coun­cil is still wait­ing for a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs to assess the con­di­tion of the town’s seawall.

At the May 7 town coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil mem­bers ac­knowl­edged there are a num­ber of holes in the seawall.

“There was a small grade of rock that was put on the top (of the wall) so that a truck, for ex­am­ple a dump truck, could ac­tu­ally drive over the top,” Ramea Mayor Clyde Do­minie de­scribed. “Due to the base and main struc­ture of the sea wall be­ing big boul­ders, af­ter much heavy rain, some of the small rocks on top trick­led on down to be among the big boul­ders at the bot­tom.

“That’s the na­ture of the holes; it’s not holes in the walls, in the struc­ture, like into the sides, that’s not what the is­sue was.

“We were told that that was to be ex­pected,” the Mayor con­tin­ued. “We haven’t had any­one to view it but pic­tures were sent to the depart­ment in that re­gard. It’s not un­safe but we are ad­vis­ing peo­ple not to walk on the top. It wasn’t meant to be walked on.”

Town of­fi­cials have con­tacted the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, through the Cor­ner Brook of­fice, and are wait­ing for an in­spec­tor to assess the dam­age.

“We would have liked to have seen some­one to come re­spond in a more vig­or­ous way,” Do­minie said, “just to see it for them­selves.”

The pic­tures coun­cil sent of the holes to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs in­di­cate that the holes are not a big con­cern.

“It was ex­pected to hap­pen to some de­gree and of course it doesn’t af­fect the struc­ture of the wall,” Do­minie main­tained.

The Mayor be­lieves the dam­age is not a crit­i­cal is­sue.

“No one came to look at the seawall yet, but I don’t think there’s an is­sue with the struc­ture of the wall,” Do­minie said.

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