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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Erosion on Popular Saugeen Shores Trail System

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The erosion occurred on a portion of Miramichi Bay and a spot close to North Shore Park

Bayshore Broadcasting File Photo. 

Due to heavy wind and rainfall two sections of the paved  lakeside trial between Port Elgin and Southampton have experienced significant erosion damage and will be closed until repair is complete. 

Saugeen Shores Director, Infrastructure and Development Amanda Froese says the closed sections requires considerable work and trail users should use caution and yield to vehicles when passing those areas.

The closed sections occur in a portion of Miramichi Bay and a spot close to North Shore Park.

"At this time we are not sure when the sections of trail will re-open," she says. 

The Port Elgin Main Beach dunes and dune grass have also been reported to be damaged during heavy wind and rain. 

"The dunes protect the infrastructure (promenade) in the area during the high water level, and will rejuvenate as the water level lowers again," says Jayne Jagelewski, Director, Community Services. She adds, "Our beaches are constantly evolving. The sand dunes did their job, as they were meant to, and the dunes and grass will rejuvenate themselves as water recedes."

Lake water also washed out parts of Goble Grove Beach over the weekend.

The Town says staff will continue to clean up from the significant wind and rain as part of their regularly scheduled spring clean up. The entire waterfront, including access points to the beach, are being evaluated and maintained as per the Saugeen Shores Beach Maintenance Plan. 

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