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New Brunswick beach rocked by storm

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 10, 2011 — Violent storm surge in December left a beach in Shediac, New Brunswick completely devastated.

Carved out sand banks at Parlee Beach.
Carved out sand banks at Parlee Beach.

On December 21, 2010 a powerful storm blew through Parlee Beach Provincial Park, leaving a path of destruction.

The pounding wind and waves completely changed the once heavily sanded landscape; carving out huge sections of bluffs that used to line the beach.

“It didn't get much of the buildings or boardwalks that were damaged or anything; damages were limited there. But we did lose a lot of sand,” explains Marcel Richard with Parlee Beach Provincial Park.

The storm was especially frustrating because they just finished topping up the sand in November after a busy summer. “Each fall we bring sand back from Sheen Bank where it migrates with the currents and the tides.”

Parlee Beach is a popular tourist destination.
Parlee Beach is a popular tourist destination.

Due to the beach's popularity with tourists, Richard says regardless of the work involved, the area will be restored come spring. “We'll certainly be looking at a remediation plan throughout the winter months...speaking with different departments to get their feedback.”

December was one of the busiest storm months for the Maritimes. Nor'Easters consistently pounded the east coast bringing heavy amounts of snow and making driving conditions treacherous. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced in December that the federal government would offer financial assitance to those affected by the storms. Damages were estimated to be around $50 million, making it the costliest damage in the province's history.

January has already proven to be a messy month as well. Over the weekend, another system dumped nearly 34 cm on Bathurst, New Brunswick. White out conditions and collisions were reported.

To stay up-to-date on current weather conditions in the province, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also receive updates to your cell phone, which could help prepare you for stormy weather.

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