Work is underway at the Pointe-du-Chêne wharf to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Lee, which is expected to hit New Brunswick on Saturday.
It comes just a month after the completion of extensive repair work needed to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, which struck last September.
Hurricane Fiona caused, among other damage, significant damage to the access road to the wharf, its diesel and gasoline tanks, and the footings and decks of various buildings.
The general director of the Pointe-du-Chêne wharf, Victor Cormier, believes that the wharf is better prepared for a hurricane than last year.
“Now we are not taking any risks, there will be no more guesswork. We tie everything down, we move everything, we prepare for the worst,” he said in an interview Wednesday.
He said the repairs cost nearly $2.5 million.
A new dike was built to protect the access road.
“The new dike was well designed and well constructed. This should break the waves,” Cormier said.
Although boat owners can usually park their boats at the marina until Sept. 25, management asked them to move them out before the weekend, which Cormier said most had already done.
Cormier has hired a security company to turn people back at the gate if the storm is severe enough to close the dock.
“It’s a dangerous situation and we can’t let the public in,” he said.
“If anyone is planning to come (this weekend), don’t.”
Pointe-du-Chêne became part of the municipality of Shediac in January, as part of sweeping reforms to local governance across the province.
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Last September, it was part of a local service district, with the province covering maintenance and cleaning costs.
Shediac Mayor Roger Caissie said it is too early to estimate the impact of storm cleanup in Pointe-du-Chêne on Shediac’s financial results, but the city will work with the Measures Organization emergency department to provide services or facilities if necessary.
He indicated that road maintenance in Pointe-du-Chêne remains a provincial responsibility, as is the case for all local service districts merged into larger municipalities.
“The municipality has not obtained control of the roads in Pointe-du-Chêne, in Shediac Cape, in Scoudouc… it still falls under the province of New Brunswick, so it will always play a role in this regard,” said he declared.
“We may be able to help in a way we haven’t before because they’re now part of Shediac. »
Caissie said Shediac had already been providing services from its fire department to Pointe-du-Chêne and other recently amalgamated communities “for decades” before the merger.
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