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Winds wreak destruction in Bay of Islands

The owner of a pickup truck and trailer saw serious damage to his rig during high winds in Lark Harbour Friday.
The owner of a pickup truck and trailer saw serious damage to his rig during high winds in Lark Harbour Friday.

A family homestead blown apart. A truck and trailer flipped on their side.

High winds ripped though this Lark Harbour home during Friday’s storm.

A family homestead blown apart.

A truck and trailer flipped on their side.

Boats tipped over.

A transport truck in a ditch.

Power lost for four hours before being restored.

Friday was one of the craziest days Lark Harbour Mayor Jamie Park ever experienced in the 50 years he called the south shore community his home.

Mother Nature showed no mercy as high winds mixed with rain, hail and snow at leveled havoc on anything that stood in its path.

“It’s died down a bit now, but this morning here it was crazy," Park said Friday afternoon. "It was wind like I never ever witnessed in my life.”

It’s too early to say how much damage has been done, but since 80-90 homes are close to the water, Park is sure there will be a fair amount of work to be done to get everything cleaned up.

“It’s a real mess down there that’s for sure,” he said.

While people in Cox’s Cove had to hold onto their hats Friday with nasty high winds whirling around the community, Coun. Terry Wells was right in the middle of the action.

Wells made two trips through the community with his plow to remove debris from the roadway as big rolling waves crashed into the shoreline in the tiny North Shore community Friday morning.

“The tide has been penned in pretty good down there today and all the water comes in over the road,” Wells said of the situation that unfolded in the town.

While he was able to clean up most of the debris he also discovered that a lot of the cribbing along the roadside had washed away and the outfall for the sewage line had water coming up through the manhole.

He said there doesn’t appear to be a lot of damage, but admits council will have to eventually fix the problem, but he figures work to fix it would carry a hefty price tag so it remains to be seen what can be done and when.

“It’s adding up because we has damage down there every year,” he said.

Power was also out in many communities around the Bay of Islands Friday as wind and hail ripped through the region.

 

dkearsey@thewesternstar.com

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A transport truck ended up in a ditch due to winds on Friday in Lark Harbour.

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