HOWLEY They can rebuild. They have the technology.
© Paul Hutchings
Howley Fire Department officials performed a cleanup after a severe windstorm destroyed an extension they were building to house a new service vehicle. They discovered that about 75 per cent of the materials can be reused.
And as it happens, they still have the parts.
On Wednesday morning the Howley Fire Department cleared up the mess left behind after a severe windstorm destroyed a fire hall extension that was being constructed to house a new emergency vehicle. After picking through the mess of wooden joists and structures it turns out they can reuse most of the materials.
“I would say we can reuse about probably 75-80 per cent of what we had,” said Howley Fire Chief Derek Murphy. “So we’re pretty happy to see that, now if the weather would cooperate we’d be fine.”
Howley recently received the funding for the materials through a government grant to the tune of about $13,000. Since the weekend windstorm town officials have been in contact with various parties, such as insurance adjusters, to find out about options. Murphy admitted wasn’t feeling positive about what Wednesday’s cleanup may yield.
“I had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since this happened, but I’m feeling better about it now,” he said.
The cleanup was performed by members of the Howley Volunteer Fire Department and the town’s deputy mayor. They hope to start reconstructing the extension in the spring, or whenever the weather gets warmer.