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Cow Head mayor expresses concern for road that takes a beating during storms

This section of the snowmobile trail at Goose Arm Brook Bridge washed away during this past weekend's storm after a piece of a armour stone placed moved. The armour stone was put there to repair damage caused by January's rainstorm. The trail was fixed again on Monday.
This section of the snowmobile trail at Goose Arm Brook Bridge washed away during this past weekend's storm after a piece of a armour stone placed moved. The armour stone was put there to repair damage caused by January's rainstorm. The trail was fixed again on Monday. - Contributed

After a weekend of heavy rains and wind, Monday was a pretty good day on the west coast of the province.

The improved weather meant that damaged caused by the windstorm could be fully assessed and repairs made where needed.

In Cow Head, the heavy winds sent the sea over the road to the head on Sunday, leaving behind a mess of beach wood and rocks.

The road to the head is an isthmus connecting the town to an area which is mostly used by area cabin owners and fisherman.

Workers at the new long-term care building being built as art of the new regional hospital complex in Corner Brook had some extra work to contend with Monday after this past weekend's windstorm did a bit of damage to the shell of the building being constructed on the city's outskirts.
Workers at the new long-term care building being built as art of the new regional hospital complex in Corner Brook had some extra work to contend with Monday after this past weekend's windstorm did a bit of damage to the shell of the building being constructed on the city's outskirts.

Mayor Adrian Payne said the road isn’t cleared in the winter, but the town keeps access to it open from the spring to fall.

He said a town employee used a loader to clear some of the debris on Sunday and there was some more to be moved either later Monday or today.

Payne said it’s not uncommon for this area to get hit in storms.

“The last few years with the erosion and everything else we’ve been getting more and more problems with it.

“We’re seeing the waves coming across the road more and more.”

During flooding in January, Payne said the road was covered in beach rocks.

“Our concern now is that it doesn’t break through. Then there’s going to be a lot more damage,” he said.

Payne said cribbing that was put across the area a few years ago is no longer in the best condition and the plan is to put armour stone there.

But that plan doesn’t meet the approval of everyone.

He said some people would rather see the cribbing replaced as they fear the armour stone would prevent access to the beach, which is popular with tourists.

“It would be more presentable if it was cribbing going across there,” he said.

Workers in Deer Lake will be busy most of the week with removing trees blown down during the storm from the town’s walking trails.

In a post on its Facebook page the town said a significant number of trees were blown down during the storm.

The storm also impacted some work that had been done on the snowmobile trail at Goose Arm Brook Bridge headed towards Bonne Bay.

Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation general manager Tony Sheppard said a big piece of the armour stone that had been recently put in place at Goose Arm Brook moved during the storm and a bit of the trail washed away. The stone had been placed there during to repair a washout that occurred there in January.

Sheppard said the contractor went back in on Monday and fixed it.

The beach in Deer Lake is covered with debris brought in by the wind and waves during Sunday's storm.
The beach in Deer Lake is covered with debris brought in by the wind and waves during Sunday's storm.

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