Report says small N.L. town to be hit by future landslides, calls for more study

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CORNER BROOK, N.L. While many people in a small town on Newfoundlands Northern Peninsula have begun to put the devastating landslides of recent years behind them, a new report suggests it may be too soon for residents to relax.

CORNER BROOK, N.L. While many people in a small town on Newfoundlands Northern Peninsula have begun to put the devastating landslides of recent years behind them, a new report suggests it may be too soon for residents to relax.

The report, commissioned by the province, states that Daniels Harbour will experience another major landslide but it cant say without further study exactly how bad it will be or when it will occur.

Its bad news for a town that has been trying to move on after several landslides, including one in April 2007 that sent one home tumbling into the ocean about 10 metres below and left several other homes and businesses on the embankment edge and too dangerous to occupy.

The highway running through the town was also closed and a bypass built.

Abe and Sybil Payne were forced to abandon their home following the slide and have since been bought out by the province and relocated about a kilometre up the road.

Sybil Payne said she doesnt need a new study to tell her to expect another landslide.

From looking at the slope of the oceanfront, she said that the loss of more ground is a given.

Its very volatile just the same. I feel very sorry for the people that live just on the other side of the (safety) fence, she said.

The report by environmental consultants at Jacques Whitford and obtained by the Corner Brook Western Star gives two possible explanations for the landslides with risk assessments for the future.

The first explanation is that the slides are the result of oceanfront erosion and are continuously occurring over a likely period of about 100 years.

The assessment for this scenario suggests a recurrence of a landslide in Daniels Harbour might take several decades.

In the second explanation, the landslides resulted from sensitive soils at depth, meaning the ground essentially doesnt have the ability to support itself.



Geographic location: Daniels Harbour, CORNER BROOK, Newfoundlands Northern Peninsula

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