Oliver Langdon, Opposition Critic for Municipal and Provincial Affairs and
MHA for the District of Fortune Bay-Cape La Hune, says in light of the
problems being experienced in the United States and past experiences with
hurricanes in this province, he is encouraging government to be vigilant in
having emergency staff in place to deal with any potential problems that may
result this weekend from Hurricane Ophelia.
Hurricane Ophelia is currently
battering the eastern seaboard of the United States. The current projected
trajectory of the storm has it crossing the Burin and Avalon peninsulas this
weekend bringing heavy rains and winds to these areas of the province.
"We all fear the damage and destruction that can be created by the force
of a hurricane," said Mr. Langdon. "In 2001, this province experienced first
hand the damage left behind by Hurricane Gabrielle. Many lessons were
learned from that disaster and the Province’s Emergency Measures
Organization (EMO) was there to help people recover from the incident.
"While nobody can control the destruction and damage that is caused by a
hurricane, everyone must be prepared to deal with the unexpected. While we
must take extra precautions, it is imperative that government have the
necessary emergency services available should there be widespread problems
with flooding, road washouts and other unexpected incidents.
"As usual, I am sure the EMO will do everything in their power to help
during and after the storm. However, I encourage government to have the
necessary staff in place to deal with any unexpected problems that could
arise this weekend."