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Hurricane Igor disaster deadline arrives


Damaged road on the Bonavista peninsula
Damaged road on the Bonavista peninsula

Lisa Varano, staff writer

January 14, 2011 — Last chance to claim damages caused by hurricane Igor, Newfoundland's worst storm of the modern era.

Evidence of the winds felt in St. John's
Evidence of the winds felt in St. John's

People in Newfoundland had until Friday to make hurricane Igor claims with the province. The deadline for Newfoundland's Provincial Disaster Assistance Program was January 14.

About 1,670 personal and small business applications weren't left until the last minute. That's how many had been received several days in advance.

The number was set to climb as the deadline closed in. Hurricane Igor damaged homes, roads or bridges in nearly 200 communities last September. The storm unleashed 140 km/h winds and more than 200 mm of rain.

Random Island was one of the hardest-hit areas during the hurricane
Random Island was one of the hardest-hit areas during the hurricane

“Hurricane Igor certainly left its mark on our province unlike any other weather event in recent history,” Newfoundland's Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services, Kevin O’Brien, said in a statement.

The Weather Network named Hurricane Igor the top storm of 2010.

Atlantic Canada has been battered by recent storms.

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