Three weeks after Dorian, the clean up around the island is ongoing. An enormous number of trees fell and familiar scenes now look strangely bare. Flooded basements, damaged roofs, fences, and siding are all in need of repair as well. Consequently, many people are working at the clean-up and repair and lots of firewood is available for this winter. You know what they say about an ill wind...
In some areas of the island, two meters, or over six feet, of coastline washed away during the storm. The rising seas and increasing storm strength will accelerate coastal erosion. Much more of our tiny sandstone island will disappear into the sea as erosion accelerates. It is a scary thought!
Oyster harvest has begun but the catch is less than half of last year. This follows a spring when ice damaged the oyster beds. One has to wonder about the future of all types of fishing because of the changing climate.
There is a graffiti artist at work around the city. This one marks light posts along the boardwalk and buildings around the city. One such artist was arrested in the last year but another has taken up the challenge. The city does a good job of cleaning up and provided a skate park for such artistry but pristine light posts, signs and walls provide a tempting canvas for this latest vandal. In time this person too will be caught. Each new mark along the boardwalk makes me want that to be soon.
The grandkids are back at dance again this fall. My husband and I help our daughter with the pick up from school and delivery to class and home afterwards. When classes start in September, it feels like the next ten months will be endless but one month is gone already. With classes starting an hour after school, the playground, the ice cream or donut shops are the kids’ favourite places to pass the time. Their grandfather likes the food locations best!
Samaritan’s Purse has been active in Summerside since Dorian visited three weeks ago. It is an evangelical Christian aid group which provides physical assistance to people as part of their missionary work. This past weekend, they repaired our neighbour’s fence. Her brain injured daughter loves to run in the yard and the fence keeps her safe. My husband and I repaired the fence previously but the storm caused more damage than we could fix. Two people from Samaritan’s Purse, one of whom travelled from Nova Scotia, repaired the fence, cost free. Now the young woman is safe again and her mother doesn’t have to worry every time she goes outside.
There are good people in this world!