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Tara Bradbury
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New photo book documents the damage caused by Igor

Hurricane Igor: In the Eye of the Storm will be officially launched Saturday at Chapters in St. John's.

Putting together a photo collection chronicling the rage of hurricane Igor wasn’t an easy task for Telegram staff, especially when there were more than 6,000 stunning images to choose from.

From pictures of washed-out roads and uprooted trees to photos of whole houses being swept away, each image was as powerful as the next.

More than 100 of the poignant pictures have been published in “Hurricane Igor: In the Eye of the Storm,” by The Telegram and Transcontinental Media, in conjunction with Creative Book Publishing.

The pictures were chosen among those taken by reporters and photojournalists across the province — as well as members of the public, who submitted them to their local newspapers — in September and early October, after Igor ravaged the island.

The book is divided into three sections: Destruction, Aftermath and Rebuilding, and shows images from all areas of the province hit by the storm, as well as quotes taken from news stories in the days that followed.

“We could have put the full 6,000 photos in,” said Donna Francis, publisher of Creative Books.

“We had all these reporters and photographers who did an amazing job at covering the storm, and these pictures were just sitting there.

“Igor was a natural phenomenon that’s going down in history as one of the worst storms ever to hit the province, and the only way to appreciate it is to see it.”

Francis’ personal favourite photo in the book is one taken in Burgoynes Cove by Packet reporter Mallory Clarkson, showing a group of men, wearing gloves and carrying shovels, jackets thrown on the ground, working in a line to repair a stretch of highway.

“The people were cut off and said, ‘We have to do something,’ so they built their own little pathway until the road could be fixed,” Francis said.

“It’s everyone with a pick, shovel and elbow grease, pulling together to get it done.”

The Telegram and Transcontinental felt is was important to capture Igor’s impact on the province and preserve it for posterity, said Telegram publisher Charlie Stacey.

“It’s not the sort of thing you’d think would happen here — things like this normally happen somewhere else,” Stacey said. “When you can actually see it, it’s amazing.

“I’m quite proud of the efficiency of our team,” Stacey said. “The book really showcases their skills and talents.”

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to hurricane Igor relief efforts.

The book was put together in record time, Francis said — once the decision was made to publish “Hurricane Igor,” the proofs were ready 10 days later.

“I’m quite proud of the efficiency of our team,” ... “The book really showcases their skills and talents.” Telegram Publisher Charles Stacey

It’s dedicated to Allen Duffett of Brittania, who was the only person to lose their life in the storm. Duffett, 80 years old and a skilled carpenter and boat builder, was swept away by flood waters while standing in a friend’s driveway. His body was found three days later.

The book also contains a poem written by Duffett and given to The Telegram by his family members, called “This Thing Called Life,” which includes these lines:


And when it comes, my time to go,

As I know it surely must,

They will lay me in the soil

And my bones will turn to dust

And when I sleep that final sleep

I can only hope and pray

That someone’s life will brighter be

Because I have passed this way.


Since “Hurricane Igor,” which sells for $19.95, landed on bookshelves at Chapters, Coles, Downhome and Costco a week ago, sales have been brisk, Francis said.

The book will be officially launched at Chapters in St. John’s at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Telegram and Transcontinental Media employees who had a hand in the book’s production will be in attendance, as will representatives of the Canadian military.


Province-wide food drive

The event will also be the launch of Transcontinental’s province-wide Help a Neighbour food drive, with the goal of collecting enough food to fill a 53-foot tractor trailer — about 50,000 pounds — for the Community Food Sharing Association and area food banks.

There’ll be collection boxes at each of the 16 Transcontinental newspapers across the province, which have each been matched with one or more food banks in their area. The food will stay in the region where it’s collected.

The food drive will continue until the 50,000-pound goal is met.

A list of addresses for the newspaper offices as well as for food banks in the regions is available on The Telegram’s website,


A complete list of areas to make donations page 2

Organizations: Transcontinental, The Telegram, Creative Book Publishing Creative Books Chapters Costco Community Food Sharing Association

Geographic location: Burgoynes Cove

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  • cutenewf
    November 17, 2010 - 11:40

    "When you can actually see it, it's amazing" - WHAT? Are you kidding me? I saw it, was right in the middle of it, up to my waste in muddy water trying to save my belongings and let me tell you - it was FAR from amazing. Most horrible, terrifying, heartbreaking experience of my life.