New Deadmans Bay Path water diversion works – even after a deluge!
Friday, September 17, 2010
A nice piece of structural repair, reservoir overflow berm-building and water re-direction has made the trail at the Fort Amherst end of Deadmans Bay Path a dry and pleasurable climb.
After St. John’s city engineering exam and advice, a berm was constructed below the old cement reservoir half way up the hill. As every hiker remembers, this used to be a wet – or soaking wet – introduction to the southern shore paths of the East Coast Trail. New crib steps and water diversion measures took many work days of our paid maintenance crew this season.
The work stood the test of the September 16 deluge of rain (18 plus mm in 24 hours). Photographs taken the next day show the reservoir overflow directed away from the trail. This is a great success! Onwards and up the hill with dry feet!
Story and photographs by: Janny VanHouwelingen