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Goderich Mayor Says Boardwalk Damage Could Have Been Worse

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Mayor John Grace says concrete blocks help mitigate recent storm damage to beach front boardwalk.

Just one day after Goderich Council gave the green light to replace the current boardwalk along the town's three beaches, Mother Nature may have done part of the preparation work.

Last week's windstorm drove high waves on-shore, which tore up sections of the current boardwalk and created piles of stones and sand.

Mayor John Grace isn't unduly worried about the damage.

The Mayor tells Country 104.9 News that the town's Director of Engineering is working with outside engineers and the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, on the status of the beach area.

Grace says 120 concrete blocks were placed in the Beach Street Station area before the storm arrived.

In his words, Grace adds: "We'd be in a lot of trouble now, if we didn't".

He believes that any lakefront municipality needs to be prepared for what stormy weather throws at it, and that the damage looks much worse than it really is.

Grace is confident that the damage can be mitigated quickly.

Work is due to start soon, on a wider pressed-timber boardwalk along all three Goderich beaches, that should be complete by next fall.

The project carries a price tag of around $800 thousand, which will be financed through municipal reserve funds.

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