Will this be­come our new nor­mal?

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - CAR­OLYN BAR­BER

On Nov. 29, Bad­deck Lions Club mem­ber Dave Baker was en­cour­aged by a neigh­bour to look out across the Bad­deck Har­bour to Kidston Is­land beach. The Lions Club has op­er­ated the life­guarded beach in the sum­mer for the past 65 years where most lo­cal kids learn how to swim. Baker knows the beach well. He has lived in Bad­deck for 18 years and has been a Lion for 16 of those.

“Never saw it like that. Scary thought that it might be gone,” said Baker, re­fer­ring to the beach.

Heavy pre­cip­i­ta­tion and high winds caused a storm surge in the Bras d’or Lake on Nov. 29. The surge breached the la­goon, sub­merg­ing the beach and the ce­ment feet that an­chor the beach ca­banas.

Owner of Bad­deck Ma­rine Stu­art Ger­mani has lived in Bad­deck all his life. He’s never seen any­thing like it. He took a boat across Kidston Is­land beach that day.

Ger­mani is par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about the breached la­goon and fresh ero­sion on the south­east end of the is­land.

The la­goon and beach of­fer pro­tec­tion for the ap­prox­i­mately 75 moor­ings in the har­bour. With­out this pro­tec­tion, they would be com­pletely ex­posed to the el­e­ments.

“If that were to break open en­tirely, Bad­deck Har­bour as a shel­ter for yachts would be fin­ished.”

Even close-up, Ger­mani couldn’t say whether the sand beach and sand/gravel la­goon wall were in­tact. The wa­ter will have to re­cede much fur­ther to as­sess the storm surge dam­age.

Check out Bill Daniel­son’s col­umn on page 16 for his thoughts on the "re­lent­less reg­u­lar­ity" of storm sys­tems this Novem­ber.

Top left: The Bras d’or Yacht Club on Nov. 29. Photo by Car­olyn Bar­ber / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard. Top right: Kidston Is­land beach sub­merged un­der wa­ter on Nov. 29. Photo by Stu­art Ger­mani. Bot­tom row: Hy­dro­ge­ol­o­gist and Cape Bre­ton weather watcher Fred Baech­ler cir­cu­lated these images to fel­low weather en­thu­si­asts on Nov. 29. The se­ries show changes over time to the light­house at the foot of the Seal Is­land Bridge. The fol­low­ing are Baech­ler’s notes on the changes. 1980’s: Full bar on both sides, grass cov­ered, no open­ings and the lead­ing point ex­tended well past the light­house and out into the chan­nel. 1990’s: the north­east fac­ing bar (outer - fac­ing the ocean) had started to breach lo­cally in a few places, with the light­house still po­si­tioned in from the point, but not ap­par­ently as far as be­fore. 2009: Most of the north­east fac­ing bar was in­un­dated, the south­west fac­ing bar (in­ner - fac­ing the Bras d’or Lake) was still in­tact with trees and the point ap­pears to be re­treat­ing closer to the light­house. 2018, morn­ing of Nov. 29: North­east fac­ing bar ap­pears to­tally gone and par­tially swept in be­hind the light­house; the south­west fac­ing bar is still present; not breached and re­tains trees; the point has now re­treated back to the light­house.

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