Mother Na­ture wreaks havoc for is­lan­ders


Dur­ing a pow­er­ful storm which knocked power out to 22,286 Nova Sco­tia Power cus­tomers on Nov. 29, res­i­dents of Big Is­land found them­selves liv­ing the true is­land life af­ter pow­er­ful storm surges broke through a weak spot in the Big Is­land cause­way’s break wa­ter.

The nearly 250-yard ex­panse of pave­ment and stone was peeled like birch bark and flung into the Merigomish Har­bour.

Re­pairs were un­der­way im­me­di­ately af­ter, but the main pri­or­ity was in restor­ing power to the Is­land. NSP crews used ATVS to tra­verse the washout. From there they req­ui­si­tioned pickup trucks on the Is­land and used climb­ing spikes to as­cend the wires.

A sin­gle-lane road was soon es­tab­lished but it was only pass­able for light-duty pickup trucks. Some 3,000 tons of ma­te­rial was brought to the site to fill in the cut, and bol­ster a new break­wa­ter.

“We go through this about once ev­ery seven and eight years,” said Big Is­land res­i­dent and pho­tog­ra­pher Robert Lange. “Maybe we’ll be lucky next year.”


Ex­ten­sive word was need to re­store cause­way ac­cess in the wake of a vi­o­lent storm in Novem­ber.

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