Tuesday , January 31 2023

The white rock, the mayor, the mayor promises the destroyed gat


The beloved mole in the city of Vhite Rock, BC, suffered great damage in the stormy wind on Thursday and last months to repair, city officials say.

Even three boats detached themselves from their pier on the wind and fell through a section of the Vhite Rock, leaving a 42-year-old man captured on the dock for more than an hour. He was transported by a helicopter in dramatic rescue.

The crew worked overnight and estimated the damage Friday morning. The city says the mole, promenade and East Beach are closed until further notice.

"I live here for 50 years," said White House Mayor Darryl Valker. "I've never seen this kind of storm. I've never seen this devastation."

"Believe me, our gat will be restored," he added.

People are asked to stay away from the waterfront and respect the barricades that are in place.

Walker said the construction engineers would check the dock for the next months. He said there would probably be more damage than the 30-meter part that was broken.

"Before anybody gets back there, we need to know it's safe," he said.

The Cormorant Helicopter raises a man from the end to the orienteering mole in the White Wall. The man was stranded at the other end of the wooden structure when the storm struck the region. (Submitted by Tom Evasiuk)

The city has not yet estimated the cost of repairs, but it could fall into millions, said Walker.

Walker said that tourism and local businesses would strike from a damaged port, which he called the gem of the community.

Safety on the dock

Officials will also review policies to close ports in difficult wind conditions.

Fire Chief Phil Lemire said the gates and the promenade were closed in the past in bad weather, but that they fought with people who ignored the closure.

Walker said he did not think the city would stop the ships to be anchored at the dock, but he would talk to the owners of the ships' safety.

From Friday morning about 300 apartments in the White Wall remain powerless. BC Hydro has announced that around 140,000 customers throughout the country are still in the dark at 12 o'clock. PT on Friday.

City crews make trips on city roads and paths to remove debris trees and live wires.

The city has a reception open at Centennial Park, Kent Street and the Wit Rock Communiti Center.

"No one was hurt"

The west side of the promenade is open, but it may take until the end of January before the eastern side reopens, says the city.

On Friday morning, the area was covered with remains, including styrofoam and empty fuel tanks. The three yachts owned by the local yacht also landed on the shore.

The volunteers helped to clean and extract items from this ship that landed on the shore near the white rock dock. (Micki Covan / CBC)

Tim Marron was among the lucky ones, with his 9 meter long sailing boat, which was still safe. A resident of the Wake Rock said that about 30 ships fled or suffered damage.

"It's pretty lucky for us," he said. "I feel terrible for clubs and all other boat owners, because it's difficult."

He added: "It's just property and nobody is hurt."

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