Natural Resources

Avalanches

Date: March 2, 2005

Location: Humber Gorge

Easting: 436400

Northing: 5421750

Latitude: 49¡ 46' 00" N

Longitude: 56¡ 51' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: Keith Nicol, Grenfell College

Keith Nicol, avalanche safety course instructor based in Corner Brook tells of a minor avalanche that narrowly avoided having serious consequences. A motorist on the Trans-Canada highway between Steady Brook and corner Brook was struck by a small avalanche that swept his vehicle across the road and pinned it against the median guard rail. The avalanche occurred on a warm day (6 degrees C) following heavy snowfall on 26 February (20 cm were recorded in Deer Lake), leaving 65 cm of snow on the ground. Although this was a minor incident, it, and other avalanches in the past, show that the Humber gorge is a hazardous area, and that further avalanches are likely.

 
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