Mayor devastated over weekend rain damage

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The Town of St. Bernard's-Jacques Fontaine hit again

The Town of St. Bernard's-Jacques Fontaine got another whammy on the weekend.

Mayor Clifford Allen said roadways repaired after the Sept. 21 hurricane Igor have washed out.

It’s disheartening for a town that saw devastation in the hurricane.

“We were getting pretty well back to normal after Igor,” Allen said this morning.

But he said it rained all day Saturday and Saturday night and one repaired road within the town is not passable. A lot of the other repairs have been washed out again.

“The forecast said 50 mm. We got triple that. It’s still raining today,” he said.

“We took a bang with Igor. This is not good at all. You go to bed one night thinking everything is under control. All of a sudden, you wake up and it’s the same thing again.”

He said the town can’t fund the repairs on  its own.

Allen was also worried about the town’s dam which in Igor had exposed water lines. The town hasn’t had a chance to check on it.

“I’m hoping and praying the dam is not like before,” he said.

The weekend rain also brought sewer backups and basement flooding.

“We were getting pretty well back to normal after Igor.” Mayor Clifford Allen

 In Igor, several homes in the Jacques Fontaine section of the town were ruined.

Several homes that didn’t see a drop of water on the St. Bernard’s side now have flooded basements.

The rain this time didn’t have high tides.

Allen said in the wake of Igor, no one could say when severe weather would hit again.

“You might be OK for a year. We got it within weeks,” he said.

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