Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cleaning up Shediac New Brunswick a week after Dorian

Members of the yacht club approve spending $75,000 on studies before rebuilding

Gary Moore · CBC News · Posted: Sep 15, 2019 2:16 PM AT | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

About 60 boats were tossed around and tangled up by winds and waves on Saturday at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club in Shediac, N.B.

Like many parts of New Brunswick, Shediac is on the mend from Dorian's visit.

The wind wreaked havoc at the marina, leaving a tangle of boats piled into each other, after a couple of docks let go during the storm.

It's a different scene at the club a week later. All but one boat is out of the water and club members met on Saturday to discuss what to do next.

Gerry O'Brien, the manager at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club, said about 120 members of the club attended the meeting.

They discussed what engineering would need to be done before the club could move to the next step.

O'Brien said the board of directors gave presentations about what happened before and after the storm.

The members of the club voted to spend up to $75,000 for engineering studies so they can start to rebuild.

"The objective is to get something ready for next spring," O'Brien said, adding that the docks were only built in 2011 following a storm surge in December 2010.

O'Brien said the goal is open the marina on time for the start of the 2020 season in May.

It wasn't only boats that took a pounding during Dorian. Large trees toppled over in neighbourhoods not too far from the marina.

Danielle Bourque said she's fortunate that two downed trees in her front yard didn't cause significant damage to her house or her neighbour's house.

"If the tree was a little bit taller, we would've got it," Bourque said.

One of the trees landed on her next door neighbour's electrical pole and blocked the driveway. 

Bourque said it took a few days to get the trees cleaned up.

She's waiting for information about what needs to be done with a giant tree root that ripped up from the ground.

"It's going to be costly if we have to take it out of the ground. It would need a crane or something to come and pick that up."


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