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Gas bar canopy in Rustico crashes down during wind storm

The gas bar at Gallant's store in Rustico was damaged in high winds Wednesday. The canopy over the gas pumps toppled over, and the steel posts buckled.

'It was surreal'

Nobody was injured, and the gas pumps were still in working order on Thursday. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

A family run business was cleaning up Thursday in the wake of high winds.

The canopy that once stood over the gas bar at Gallant's store in Rustico, P.E.I., toppled over during a storm Wednesday evening.

"Everybody was gone for the evening except for myself," said owner Keith Gallant. "It was pretty surreal ... it was just shaking, started to sway violently and then she just came down real quick and with a loud bang."

Nobody was hurt in the mishap. The gas pumps themselves were undamaged, according to Gallant, and after being inspected Thursday morning, were back in use.

The view from inside Keith Gallant's store, which has operated on the corner of routes 6 and 243 in Rustico for generations. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

The steel posts that hold the canopy appeared to have buckled at ground level, according to Gallant. He estimates the posts and canopy were installed 15 years ago or more.

"It was windy, yeah. It was just at that particular point there was a big gust of wind swung around and she caught it and that was it. It was history."

Gallant says he was working alone Wednesday evening when the canopy blew over. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

Gallant wants to get a crane on-site to move the canopy out of the way. Engineers and insurance adjusters will examine the structure to try to determine what happened, and how to make repairs.

Gallant's store has operated on the corner of routes 6 and 243 in Rustico for generations.

"It better be a one time only," said Gallant. "Something you don't want to see, that's for sure."

Engineers and insurance adjusters will examine the structure to try to determine what happened, Gallant says. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

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Brian Higgins holds an honours Bachelor of Science degree in biology, as well as a Master of Arts degree in journalism. As a videojournalist, he currently reports for TV, radio and cbc.ca on Prince Edward Island with emphasis on courts and judicial issues.

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