Hurricane Igor leaves thousands stranded in Newfoundland

Repair bill will cost upwards of $100m, says minister

Tens of thousands of Newfoundlanders have been cut off from important services—including access to highways and power—since Hurricane Igor swept through earlier this week. Strings of communities along the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas have been cut off from road access to highways, and are either running out of gas or lacking the electricity to operate pumps. Broken bridges and washed-out roads have made it impossible for vital supplies, including food, to be trucked in. Travel along the Trans-Canada Highway remains disrupted. Tom Hedderson, Newfoundland and Labrador’s acting minister of emergency, stated that the repair bill will cost at least three or four times the $27-million incurred by tropical storm Chantal in 2007.


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