Natural Resources

Flooding

Date: February 22, 2004

Location: Lamaline

Easting: 590700

Northing: 5190500

Latitude: 46° 52' 00" N

Longitude: 55° 49' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: CBC website, news reports, VOCM web site, CBC radio interview with Mayor of Lamaline.

A severe storm struck the Atlantic Provinces on February 18/19 2004. The worst impact was in Nove Scotia and PEI, but it also affected Newfoundland, particuarly the Burin Peninsula where a combination of storm surge and high winds resulted in property damage and in one case evacuation of houses. The flooding occurred in the Barasway area of the community of Lamaline, and there was also extensive damage to the sea-wall there. Armour stone was washed away from the causeway to Allan's Island, and the area known as The Meadows was flooded. This area apparently floods frequently- every winter in high tides. There was also damage to the community slipway, and crib-work in the area.

CBC report: "Big sea hits Lamaline"

People in Lamaline are surveying the damage after Thursday's storm. High tides pushed by strong winds pummeled the community located at the tip of the Burin Peninsula. The volunteer fire department had to help two families from their homes, including a woman in her 90's, and her son in his 60's. They went to stay with relatives.

Lewis Dodge, a member of the Lamaline volunteer fire department, says it's one of the worst storms he has seen since he's lived in the area. "It started off with snow. First we had not a whole lot of snow, but we had quite a bit of drifting. Then it changed to rain. We had a bit of rain. But most of what we had was an awful big sea, a really big sea," he says. Dodge says if it wasn't for the seawall, there would have been a lot more damage.

Some roads in the Lamaline area, including the causeway, were under water for a time. The winter storm that buried much of the Maritimes moved into Newfoundland Thursday, forcing closures, cancellations and transportation interruptions.

Schools in southwestern and western Newfoundland closed early as the wind and snow hit.

VOCM web site

"A break water was damaged in Beau Bois near Marystown exposing fishermen's stages and sheds to the open sea resulting in more damage. John Kilfoy said it was the worst he had ever witnessed.

The most extensive damage appears to have been done in Point Au Gaul on the boot of the peninsula where people are exposed to all the elements. Marion Boland, a councillor in Point Au Gaul, said the tides peaked around seven o clock last night. Easterly winds gusting to over 100 kilometers an hour crushed the little bit of protection they had from the sea and pounded the boats hauled up for the winter. Boland says they have experienced storms before but she says it was nothing like this. Luckily there were no personal injuries. She says its difficult to estimate the amount of damage, but its extensive."

 
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