Natural Resources

Avalanches

Date: January 21, 1943

Location: Quarry Hill, Corner Brook

Easting: 429000

Northing: 5422750

Latitude: 48° 58' 00" N

Longitude: 57° 57' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 1

Source: Western Star, Jan 22, 1943

Just after midnight on January 20th 1943, the police were notified of an avalanche taking place on the hill, and three young men noticed the house occupied by the Cook family had been struck and pushed down-slope to rest on a perilous position overlooking Crow Gulch. It came to rest against the electrical wires, which probably prevented it toppling over the cliff. Mr. and Mrs. Cook and five children were inside at the time, and the chimney had collapsed into the bedroom where the children were sleeping. The police ordered the electrical wires cut, because of the danger of fire, and with the assistance of passers-by rescued the Cook family. Two other houses were affected, one completely buried and the other slightly damaged. Mrs. Cook was slightly hurt by falling timbers as the avalanche staved in the back of the house, but all others escaped unhurt.

The newspaper reports strongly hints that this incident occurred at exactly the same place as the 1935 tragedy "But for the prompt work of the police, and those who assisted, the tragedy of several years ago might have been repeated, when a woman and several children were killed as the result of a snowslide at that place".

 
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