Natural Resources


Date: March 29, 2013

Location: Hant's Harbour



Latitude: 48° 02.2' 00" N

Longitude: 53° 16' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: CBC website, March 29, 2013

The long weekend has started with some wild weather for parts of Newfoundland and Labrador. Wind, blowing snow and storm surge warnings are in effect for parts of the northeast and east coasts of the island. Some reports indicate waves as high as 30 feet in some coastal areas on the Avalon Peninsula.

Sea surges have caused damage in several communities in eastern Newfoundland, and in some cases, roads have almost been washed away. There were some tense moments on Thursday night for residents in the Custard Head Road area of Hant's Harbour, Trinity Bay. Town councillor Alan Ash said seas were very high, and the waves took out parts of the pavement and dislodged boulders on the road.

Road damage on Custard Head Road in Hant's Harbour, Trinity Bay. (Photo courtesy Alan Ash)

Ash said they called residents around 9 p.m., asking them to move their vehicles to another area in the community as a precaution. "So we got all the vehicles up to one certain area, and lined them all up - and as we could see our chance in between the high seas coming over the road, we proceeded to get them to safety," said Ash.

Ash said the road is passable, adding that Department of Transportation and Works officials were in Hant's Harbour earlier on Friday morning, assessing damage. He said it's too early to know what the damage will cost.

Hant's Harbour Town Councillor Alan Ash says it's too early to assess damage to Custard Head Road in the community. (Photo courtesy of Alan Ash)

In Manuels, the rock breakwater that protects vessels moored at the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club has almost completely washed away. There are also reports of serious damage in Spaniard's Bay and Petty Harbour.

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