Fiona’s damage ‘nowhere near as severe’ after earlier storms’ $40M cost: Parks Canada IG News

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The federal agency that oversees Canada’s national parks says two earlier Atlantic Canada storms caused $40 million in damage, more than the cost caused by post-tropical storm Fiona.

Parks Canada says November 2021 wind and thunderstorms caused $36 million in damage in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The agency says the storm hit hard and caused a “complete washout” of the Cabot Trail in one area, requiring emergency repairs before the 15-kilometer road reopened three weeks later.

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A winter storm in February 2022 that required an emergency closure and damaged a kilometer-long section of the road cost an additional $4.5 million.

A Parks Canada statement said officials expected Fiona to cause similar damage as in September, but the impact was “nowhere near as severe” as the two other storms.

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The agency provided this information to The Canadian Press in response to questions about higher-than-average writeoffs of more than $43 million that Parks Canada reported in the federal government’s public accounts for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

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A fire caused by an electrical problem at an employee housing unit in Nunavut caused $2.3 million in infrastructure damage, the statement said _ a price tag that “reflects the high cost of construction and housing in Nunavut.” No one was hurt or displaced.

The agency says that national parks also suffered some damage due to car accidents, which damaged property, guardrails and signs.

“Parks Canada is committed to maintaining visitor infrastructure – such as roads, trails, visitor centers and campgrounds, as well as highways and bridges – to ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and to connect Canadians to heritage places and nature continue to allow,'” the statement says.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 23, 2022.

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