More land erosion in Daniel's Harbour

Officials in Daniel's Harbour are concerned that the town's water pipes could be damaged if the erosion continues.

Another 10 metres of land has eroded in community

Another 10 metres of land has slipped away in a part of Daniel's Harbour that is currently closed off, because of unstable ground. (Courtesy Leslie Brophy)

More land has eroded in Daniel's Harbour, on Newfoundland's northern peninsula.

Town officials said another 10 metres has slipped away in an area that's currently closed off because of unstable ground.

The community was hit with a significant landslide on Nov. 5. 

There is concern now that the town's water pipes could be damaged if the erosion continues. 

The Department of Municipal Affairs said it is sending emergency money to the community, so water and sewer lines can be relocated.

Hugh Donnan, director of communications for the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, said in an email to CBC that $150,000 is being spent to move the lines, and another $50,000 is being spent on design work for a permanent fix.

"The department is aware that there has been additional movement of material on the south slope in Daniel's Harbour in the last few days, and we are in close contact with the town on the situation on a regular basis," Donnan said in the email.

"While there is no immediate risk to the town as a whole, there is a safety issue on the old temporary access road in the area. The town has reactivated their 24/7 security at the site and will be expanding the safety fencing in the area to ensure residents are not using this road."

Donnan added that the department has a staff member in the community to assist with the review of the security measures.

Provincial geologist Martin Batterson assessed the situation in Daniel's Harbour last month after the landslide, and said the area could be unstable for years to come.


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