September 22, 2010
Hurricane Igor hits close to home for Flame
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
Adam Pardy is calm about it now, but you know there were some anxious moments when he was trying to contact his family while Hurricane Igor did its damage to Newfoundland.
The Calgary Flames defenceman spent part of Tuesday trying to reach his parents in the town of Bonavista while the storm was unleashing its wrath, and was understandably concerned when he was having no luck.
"The phone at home went to voice mail, and that never happens, and my dad wasn't answering his cell phone. I was pretty calm, thinking, 'The power must be out,' but then I finally reached them.
"My dad with his cell phone. He didn't have it on," Pardy continued while shaking his head. "I wasn't frantic, but you start to worry when you can't get a hold of anyone."
By the time Igor finished ripping across the province, it killed one resident, deposited more than 200 millimetres of rain in some parts and battered with winds in excess of 170 kilometres an hour.
Residents across the province were beginning their cleanup Wednesday.
"It's pretty bad," said Pardy, who has followed the news through conversations with friends and family. "It's tough for some of those small towns on the edge of the water. They can't get to safety or hospitals.
"I didn't even know it was coming. Just before we flew to Vancouver (Monday) I found out. When I called my dad from Vancouver, he told me it was pretty bad.
"My dad told me a funny story, though. He was driving by the sawmill and all these logs were floating down the road. One ended up hitting the side of his Jeep and he's got a big dent in it. I guess if that's the worst (to happen to his family), it's all right."
His parents' home in Bonavista has suffered only flooding on the basement.
"It's way up on a hill," he said. "We're a couple hundred feet from the water, and there's no protection from the winds. I know those 120-km/h winds were pretty bad.
"One buddy, he came home from work and the siding was blowing off his house. I know other people are in a worse state than my family, so it's not too bad."
He said a brook which runs through the back yard was up 12 feet from the normal level.
Pardy has an apartment condo in the provincial capital of St. John's but figures it didn't suffer any damage through the storm.
"Nobody from the condo board has called me or any of the neighbours," he said. "I still haven't heard anything, but it's on the third floor of a big, brick building, so I'm sure it's fine.
"As long as no one's hurt, that's the main thing. Insurance will take care of things."