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The Saugeen Range Light Fixed After Windstorm

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The Halloween Windstorm caused high waves which also damaged the North Pier.

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The Saugeen River Range Light had some TLC applied this week as Saugeen Shores maintenance crews replaced shingles after a recent wind storm damaged the pier at the mouth of the Saugeen River.

Frank Burrows from the Town of Saugeen Shores says it's something they will continue to watch. 

"We've done repairs and we're going to monitor it and of course anymore damaged in the Spring, we will be back out there doing our best to secure it again."

Southampton's two Range Lights were the first designated heritage beacons in Canada.

Burrows notes damaged occurred to the North Pier as well.

"The Pier on the north side of the river mouth, we just noticed in the past few weeks, it has shifted...the cribbing, I suspect was damaged and one of the large concrete slabs has sunk. So we are going to have to be doing some assessment and that would involve the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), which owns the Pier."

Burrow says the Pier is not closed but stressed fishermen should be cautious in slippery conditions.

The DFO also owns the Port Elgin Breakwater and the piers adjacent to it and will soon begin work on restoring the attraction which has been closed to the public since September 2017.

"It's going to be an interesting year because they do it in the winter time," says Burrows who adds the Town has notified the DFO about the issues to the Southampton Pier. 

He adds these are not simple projects and it took years once an assessment was done for work to begin at the Port Elgin location, as "they take years to plan".

Breakwater Project Might Need to Access Reserves

A portion of the parking lot at Port Elgin Main Beach has been fenced off to the public for the during the duration of the breakwater restoration project.

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