Post-storm recoveries continue away from the Sault (13 photos)Friday, September 13, 2013 by: Rick McGee
Two days after the big storm, signs of its impact remained readily evident in outlying areas east of the city.
The photos above and immediately below show crews from Transfield Services attending to a major washout on Highway 638 near the Lonely Lake Road turnoff.
It was expected that this part of the secondary highway would reopen to traffic late Thursday night.
The repair included the installation of two new culverts.
A short distance away, Jeff Howson was dealing with the storm’s aftereffects at his home on Highway 638.
He also operates Jeff’s Sharpening Service there.
During the deluge, water raced down a hill behind the Howson home and ended up causing problems.
“It seeped into the back of the house [photo] and damaged the laminate flooring,” Jeff said.
“I have lived here for 29 years and never seen anything like it.”
Water also took its toll on the garden, washing away onions and leaving bare patches behind, as shown below.
Elsewhere, life seemed to be at least somewhat closer to normal on Thursday for two Canada Post workers making rural deliveries.
Robert Kerr and Linda Auger are shown at one of their stops on Centre Line Road.
“The mail must get through,” Robert said cheerfully. “It’s unbelievable what they [repair crews] have done in such a short time.”
Extensive damage to the back roads meant there was no off-highway (17) service on Tuesday and Wednesday.
While conditions had improved significantly by Thursday, some areas were still no-go.
A map provided by Plummer Additional Township shows some of the inaccessible routes within its jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Dieter Heller showed us unusually high water water levels for this time of year at Three Oaks Tourist Resort on Gordon Lake.
While running the business with his wife Renate, Dieter is also getting ready for the Sylvan Circle Tour on September 21.
It's a few days later this year.
And that’s all to the good, given the flooding.
Dieter Heller Studio is again among stops that make up the popular event.
Dieter (below) is well known for his handcrafted fretsaw woodwork.
More photos are available in the gallery for this story.