Worrisome forecast prompts city to implement hurricane readiness plan

Gary Kean
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City of Corner Brook employee Tonya Brisson plugs in a phone during the setting up of an emergency operations room at city hall in anticipation of the severe weather forecast for Monday night and Tuesday morning.

CORNER BROOK  Mayor Charles Pender says the City of Corner Brook is putting its hurricane readiness plan into effect in advance of the high winds and freezing rain forecast to hit the region Monday evening.

The Corner Brook area has received an unusually high amount of snow in the past month or so. Freezing rain and high winds are in the forecast for this evening, with temperatures rising and the freezing rain turning into rain overnight.

By Tuesday morning, the area is expected to be hit with between 30 to 55 millimetres of rain. The southeasterly winds are anticipated to be gusting between 120 and 160 kilometres per hour along the western coast of Newfoundland.

With such a risk of flooding and damaging winds, Pender posted the following statement on his mayoral Facebook page:

“We are putting in effect our Hurricane readiness plan.

Strong winds, rain and freezing rain are forecast for Corner Brook overnight.

We have crews going out to open our priority catch basins and all head walls will be accessible. We will be checking our sand bags count to assure we have a sufficient amount.

We are assessing our manpower to assure we can cover the weather event through the night.

We are putting snow baskets on our loaders to be prepared to open any catch basins or to move snow when needed.

We are preparing our work trucks with shovels rakes sand bags etc.

We will be manning all priority head walls with backhoes and North street head wall with an excavator.”

The mayor later posted that there will be an emergency operations centre set up at city hall to deal with any situations arising from the severe weather conditons expected.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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