Thaw and rain fails to deliver disaster

Jim Day
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Jack Frost festival able to shake off rain and warm weather with full program set for weekend festivities.

The Jack Frost Children’s Festival and homeowners seem to have escaped the thaw relatively unscathed.

Temperatures Wednesday came close to reaching record highs for Feb. 17 with Charlottetown hitting 9 C early in the morning and St. Peters the warmest spot on P.E.I. at 12 C.

Winds gusting close to 80 km/hr combined with warm temperatures helped melt a fair amount of snow across the province over the past two days.

However, rainfall was less than forecast, ranging from only five to 10 mm.

Service Master P.E.I. had not received a single call of flooding at a business or home as of midday Wednesday.

“I think P.E.I. dodged the bullet,’’ says Josh Farguahrson, general manager of Service Master, which does disaster restoration and cleaning.

“Rainfall amounts were down quite a bit from what they were wasn’t as bad as we were expecting.’’

A spokesman for the province’s transportation department says no serious damage has been discovered.

“We had some minor issues with water overtopping the roads but no closures or major repairs required,’’ he says.  

Crews were out Wednesday opening ditches, repairing shoulders and sweeping debris off roads.

Jack Frost spokeswoman Jennifer Paynter says the couple days of warm weather will not hamper the festival set to open in Charlottetown on Friday at 5 p.m. and run through the weekend.

Tarps were covering the ice slides and ice sculptures during the mild stretch Tuesday and Wednesday.

All programming will go ahead, and a large skating rink should be in place for the opening of the festival.

Paynter says organizers are working with the City of Charlottetown to cart in more snow. Snow will also be made on site as temperatures cool.

“The (recent) weather has been a bit disappointing,’’ says Paynter. “The weather is always the biggest factor in putting together an outdoor festival.’’

Paynter says ticket sales are up about six per cent from this time last year.

“We’re hoping to sell a lot of tickets at the gate as well,’’ she adds.

For ticket information, call 902-629-6625.


Organizations: Service Master

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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