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Mayor Dean Ball closely watching erosion issue along Pine Tree Drive in Deer Lake

This aerial image taken Jan. 20 shows just how close the cracks in the sandy banks of the Humber River are to the road on Pine Tree Drive in Deer Lake. The stairs and deck to the right of the crack will likely be lost to the river. - Photo courtesy Town of Deer Lake
This aerial image taken Jan. 20 shows just how close the cracks in the sandy banks of the Humber River are to the road on Pine Tree Drive in Deer Lake. The stairs and deck to the right of the crack will likely be lost to the river. - Photo courtesy Town of Deer Lake - Submitted

As persistent rain fell in Deer Lake on Friday, Mayor Dean Ball said there were no new developments to cause alarm when it comes to the erosion on the riverbank along Pine Tree Drive.

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However, Ball was quick to say erosion of the sandy riverbank is high on the priority list for council and he’s keeping a close eye on how the latest mild spells and rainfall impact an area of town where four homes are in jeopardy. Residents have been urged to voluntarily evacuate, but continue to stay grounded for the time being.

It’s a wait-and-see approach for the mayor at this point.

Town officials met with engineers Thursday to receive an assessment on the most recent case of an eroding riverbank and it was confirmed the foundering of the riverbank is going to continue.

Ball said there is no way to predict what will happen next, but the town is working with engineers to find ways to possibly slow down the worsening situation.

“We have to wait for something to happen,” he said. “This could happen slowly and it could happen with a bang.

"It’s one of them things that has a lot of unknowns.”

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