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Four homes now in jeopardy on Pine Tree Drive in Deer Lake

The ground beneath this utility pole on Pine Tree Drive in Deer Lake was seriously compromised by the eroding banks of the Humber River this past weekend.
The ground beneath this utility pole on Pine Tree Drive in Deer Lake was seriously compromised by the eroding banks of the Humber River this past weekend. - Submitted

The Town of Deer Lake says four homes on Pine Tree Drive are now in jeopardy from the eroding banks of the Humber River.

Late last week, residents of two homes on the road were urged to evacuate because the riverbank near their properties was sliding into the flooded Humber River and getting closer to houses.

During the weekend, more of the sandy earth fell into the water and the town is now confirming four homes are in potential peril.

According to a notice on the town’s website, there is now a pole that is falling over because of the erosion. Newfoundland Power was expected to be onsite today to put in new poles on the opposite side of the road.

Town representatives met with residents of Pine Tree Drive Sunday and informed them the town has a volunteer evacuation plan in place.

A public works crew from the town has started putting in a bypass road, using a road reserve to provide residents with an alternative means of getting out of the Pine Tree Drive area.

The town will continue to monitor the situation on a regular basis.

The Canadian Red Cross has been kept up to date and The Emmanuel Pentecostal Church is available in the event an evacuation is ordered.

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