The City of Corner Brook has implemented its hurricane preparation plan and is adding some extra precautions in anticipation of hurricane Arthur moving through the area over the weekend.
In a message on his Facebook page Mayor Charles Pender said the city is currently checking all headwalls, brooks and catch basins for obstructions and extra sand bags are being filled.
He said the emergency generator will be hooked to city hall.
Pender also said all chain saws are working and a safety orientation will be conducted with employees likely to use them in case of fallen trees and debris.
The city is contacting contractors on its list for verification of availability and the tree removal contractor is also being contacted to assess their availability.
“All city vehicles will be ready with flood control essentials,” said Pender. He noted that public works employees will be asked to confirm availability Friday should the weather event worsen.
Pender said the public works supervisor will be meeting with the foreman Friday to finalize preparations and to review and plan for any other precautions the city may need to address.
The mayor also advised residents and businesses to assess their own properties and take all necessary precautions prior to this adverse weather moving through the area.
Anyone who requires emergency assistance related to the weather event can call the city’s customer service line at 637-1666.
Meanwhile, the latest information from Environment Canada on the storm is that Arthur will merge with a cold front while it moves toward Atlantic Canada and will likely affect the region on Saturday.
As a post-tropical storm, it’s expected to bring wet and windy weather to the region.
Wind gusts could exceed 100 kilometres an hour and rainfall of between 50 to 100 milimetres are likely.
Environment Canada says it’s too early say where the strongest winds or rainfalls will be, however Nova Scotia is expected to experience the windier side of the storm and New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have a higher risk of receiving the heaviest rainfall.
High waves and storm surges at sea are also possible. Environment Canada says details as to the exact location of where the biggest impact from surge and waves will occur will become clearer on Friday. Atlantic coastal Nova Scotia has a higher risk of surge and waves in the region.
The latest information on the storm can be found at www.weather.gc.ca/hurricane.