September 21, 2010, will likely be a day that many people in Newfoundland will remember. Hurricane Igor, stormed up the east coast leaving a dismal, destructive and even deadly impact on the island.
“I've been here now for 40 odd years, and I've never seen nothing come close to that,” says Jack Marsh, a resident from Lower Lance Cove.
Igor hit the province as a Category 1 storm, dropping over 200 mm of rain in some places. Wind gusts of nearly 140 km/h were also recorded at St. John's International Airport.
“It was an unusual rain and after that it was an unusual wind...I've never seen rain any harder and I've never seen wind any stronger,” says Marsh.
After seeing the damage first hand, he was also faced with a deadly consequence of the storm. Jack was a close friend of Allan Duffet, a man who was swept into the waters during the storm. After a road gave way beneath Duffet's feet, his body was later found on Random Island beach.
“This was definitely the worst storm ever,” notes Marsh.
An event like this surely tests the strength of a community and how residents can help to put the pieces back together.
After hearing about the amount of damage that occurred in Britannia, resident Barry Wight left his home in Mount Pearl to lend a helping hand.
“The physical appearance of the community and the infrastructure damage was pretty crazy,” said Wight.
It was enough for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call in the Canadian Forces. Dozens of communities were completely cut off when the storm damaged roads.