Infrastructure Damage from B.C., Atlantic storms, and other related stories

Canadian Armed Forces to Assist with Evacuations, Supply Chain Issues on Southwest Coast – Federal Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair has announced that the federal government has approved the request for Canadian Armed Forces assistance to mitigate the impact of the severe weather. Meanwhile, provincial government officials are hoping to have more information on work to re-establish transportation and the supply chain through the southwest coast within the next 24 hours. >click to read< 14:10


‘It’s gone’: Shackan chief says floods have swept away First Nation’s land, home – The leader of a 130-member First Nation in B.C.’s Nicola Valley that’s been devastated by flooding says he’s not sure when people can return home after seeing the devastation wrought by raging flood waters two weeks ago. “Our whole livelihood has been washed away within 30 hours … houses, fields, cattle and people. There’s people [from the valley] still missing,” said Shackan First Nation Chief Arnold (Arnie) Lampreau. >click to read< 14:23


High fish mortality rates possible after record-breaking B.C. floods – Several species of fish could suffer high mortality rates as a result of catastrophic flooding in southern B.C. last week, warn some experts and observers. Pink salmon are at particular risk, said biologist Marvin Roseneau, as they spawn at the main stems of the now-swollen Fraser and Vedder/Chilliwack rivers. Most of their eggs were laid in the fall and hidden in the gravel to incubate until spring hatching. “The floods would have scoured the gravel out almost certainly,” he explained. >click to read< 15:08


Some storm-damaged Cape Breton roads, bridges might not be fully restored until summer – It could take until summer before some storm-damaged roads and bridges in Cape Breton are fully restored. Crews have been working day and night since the storm earlier this week to repair roads that were washed out. Part of the work involves making temporary structures. “With the extent of the damage, it will exceed into this winter and even into next summer before we can get some permanent structures for the largest places that we’ve suffered losses,” Guy Deveau, acting executive director for Nova Scotia Public Works, said in an interview Friday. >click to read< 16:09

‘Like I hit a brick wall’: Part of Cabot Trail washed out on man as he drove over it – A Cape Breton man whose vehicle fell around six metres into a hole when part of the Cabot Trail washed out from underneath him Tuesday says he thought he was going to die. Davey Fraser works for Parks Canada as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. On Tuesday, he was just past the entrance to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Broad Cove where he was doing traffic control to prevent people from travelling on the road and was also checking for flooding. >click to read< 17:23

A fishing boat ferries health-care workers to Neils Harbour, Nova Scotia – The fishing community has stepped up to help deliver health-care workers to the hospital in northern Cape Breton after a storm limited access by leaving washouts on a section of the Cabot Trail. The weather has settled down and, on Friday morning, a fishing boat was able to shuttle people from the community of Ingonish to Buchanan Memorial Hospital in Neils Harbour. The Grace ‘n’ George, owned by Tommy Simms and captained by Adam Sams, left Ingonish in the fog and delivered four hospital workers to Neils Harbour a little over an hour later. >click to read< 07:42 More stories, >click to read<


Take a helicopter tour of the damage in southwestern Newfoundland – Port aux Basques has been cut off from the rest of Newfoundland, after a record storm washed out the Trans-Canada Highway in four places earlier this week. The provincial government says it will take at least a week to fix the roads.  You can see why, in this helicopter footage. >click to watch< 14:56

Public Advisory: Trans-Canada Highway in Southwestern Newfoundland to Reopen at Two Locations Monday – Repairs have been made on the Trans-Canada Highway in southwestern Newfoundland to allow traffic to flow Monday (November 29) at two of the four damaged areas. The highway will reopen north of Little Paradise Park. Updates will be provided by noon Monday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in some areas. Motorists are reminded obey traffic control and watch for heavy equipment and crews working in the area. >click to read< 13:09

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