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Rocks litter the access road leading to the Le Goulet wharf, near Shippagan.


The power of Wednesday's winter storm, combined with the storm surge and lack of protective ice, caused a lot of damage along the coasts of northern New Brunswick. In certain places, pieces of dunes have disappeared and the sea has moved a little closer to the houses.

Drone images show how the sea has come a little closer to houses along certain coasts of the Acadian Peninsula, like here in Pigeon Hill.

At the height of the storm, significant waves and wind gusts of more than 100 km/h made life difficult of several coastal residents.

In some places, material damage is considerable and complete sections of coastline have disappeared.

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The destruction is visible not far from this barn in Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël, on Lamèque Island.

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A large chunk of land was lost with Wednesday's storm in the Pigeon Hill area, on Lamèque Island.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Pierrette Chiasson was afraid for the residence in which her mother Thérèse Ferron, aged 95, lives in Cap-Bateau, on Lamèque Island. The storm managed to eat up a plot of land near the house.

The storm caused significant damage to the land. It does not make sense. We have to do something to stop eating like that. Every time there is bad weather, it breaks up, but Wednesday, it was a real deluge. It was terrible.

A quote from Pierrette Chiasson

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This shot clearly shows the extent of erosion on this Pigeon Hill beach, on the island of Lamèque, in the Acadian Peninsula.

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An overview of the damage near a residence in Cap-Bateau, on Lamèque Island.

Still in Pigeon Hill, Euclide Blanchard believes that the provincial government should finance the riprap of the coast before there is nothing left. He didn't take any chances and had rocks placed behind his land, at his own expense.

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This cabin has only a few centimeters of protective earth left on the land of Euclide Blanchard of Pigeon Hill, on Lamèque Island.

It hit pretty hard here, he admits. The sea hit the rocks and the water hit the window of the house. Just Wednesday, the sea ate up 10 to 15 feet of coastline. Over the past ten years, it has eaten 30 to 40 feet.

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The entrance to the beach in the Baie-de-Petit- sector Pokemouche, near Shippagan.

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The water receded after reaching this portion of the road in the Baie-de-Petit-Pokemouche sector.

In Le Goulet, in the municipality of Shippagan, Merel Roussel went to see the state of the damage in the Baie-de-Petit-Pokemouche dune sector. The sea has completely destroyed the dune, he noted.

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The sea made a hole and went over it with the winds. The only thing would be to redo the dunes. But, even if you redo the dunes, it's nothing but sand. The sea eats the sand. They should put rock all along. Or, later, there are people who will be forced to move, believes Merel Roussel.

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The entrance and footbridge leading to Le Goulet beach also suffered heavy damage.

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A piece of the beach at Le Goulet has disappeared.

In Val-Comeau, south of Tracadie, Gérald LeBreton believes this is the worst storm in twenty years.

We have seen lots of places flooded by the sea. For 20 years, this is the worst, due to the height of the water. It flowed like a river along the road and into the ditches. It's a storm to remember.

A quote from Gérald LeBreton

The mayor of Shippagan, Kassim Doumbia, toured Thursday to see the state of the damage in the territory of the municipality, including in Le Goulet and Baie-de-Petit-Pokemouche. He also watched numerous videos that circulated on social networks, describing the situation as catastrophic.

This kind of storm creates moments all the time distressing for residents who live near water. You have to be courageous to live by the water, he said.

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An ice pile at Pointe-Alexandre, on Lamèque Island.

Marion Tetegan Simon, research director at the Valores Coastal Zone Research Institute in Shippagan, fears that storms like this will become more frequent and more powerful due to the impacts of climate change.

We saw several major damages. For example, the Le Goulet dune has been weakened and in some places, it has even disappeared. In Cap-Bateau and Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël, we saw a lot of erosion. The entire east coast has been affected in a major way, she noted after a preliminary tour of the Acadian Peninsula.

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Sylvie Doucet was able to see the power of the waves which broke in her backyard to Charlo.

In Charlo, in the municipality of Baie-des-Hérons in Restigouche, Sylvie Doucet admits to being afraid, even though she loves storms.

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I realized this was no ordinary storm. When the water from the waves hit the window, I found it less pleasant. During the worst of the storm, the shed and patio began to block up about ten feet and hit the house. This storm was a real one.

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The damage is considerable in the backyard of Sylvie Doucet, of Charlo.

Everywhere, people are busy cleaning up the damage, but there is respite likely to be short-lived, as Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts another powerful storm on Saturday for northern New Brunswick.

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The coast near Inch Arran Park in Dalhousie, Restigouche.

With information from Mario Landry, René Landry, Serge Bouchard, Mariève Bégin, Nicolas Steinbach and Réal Fradette

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