MHA says provincial gov't should pay for storm repairs

Daniel MacEachern
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A Newfoundland Liberal member of the house of assembly wants the provincial government to pay the cost of repairing damage done in a Christmas Eve storm.

Marshall Dean, MHA for The Straits-White Bay North, says the communities of St. Lunaire-Griquet, Great Brehat and St. Carols were the communities hit hardest by the storm that lashed the Northern Peninsula on Dec. 24, destroying fishermen’s sheds and wharves, and that the provincial government should treat the damage claims the same way it handled compensation for damage done by hurricane Igor.

“It’s a smaller scale in terms of the geography that it covered, but very similar in terms of damage,” he said. “It’s important that the government steps in and assists the people and show that they’re there to bring things back in order.”

Dean said any time of year is an awful time of year to suffer a storm, but it’s particularly unfortunate during the holidays.

“Government is practically shut down, as most things are,” he said. “So it’s important to hear from the government that they know it’s there.”

Dean has contacted Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien to ask for a commitment that the department will treat claims as seriously as Igor compensation.

“In the St. Lunaire community, everything that was on the waterfront basically was destroyed, and the remnants of it all came across the road and ended up on people’s lawns,” he said. “The minister and I agreed that it needs to get done, and his department is aware of it, and … hopefully we can expect government, from a municipal affairs level, to come through and see that the repairs are done."

Organizations: The Straits-White Bay North

Geographic location: Great Brehat, Northern Peninsula

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  • diane
    December 28, 2010 - 22:29

    I think this is on a different scale than the Igor damage. No houses were destroyed, albeit some older community stages and personal wharves were swept away. I don't think there will be any problem for the municipality to be paid for taking care of the repairs and removing of debris. Oh...and where was the MHA?? Didn't see him around the past few days!! Guess he was too busy at other things!

    • Michael
      December 29, 2010 - 10:48

      I don't think it is right for people who are buying house insurance when you hear about the govt. paying for storm damages, particularily galling if they are paying to fix damages for people who haven't even bothered to buy house insurance. The only exception would be to pay for damages that house insurance won't cover (and even then, only to a point.) As far as I am concerned, if you don't bother buying house insurance, then you should should be fully accountable for any damages to your home; don't go running to the govt. for handouts.