Freak StormFamilies affected by the recent rainstorm in the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community are currently benefiting from the continuous donation of zinc sheets as well as cleaning agents and utensils, made possible through the Civil Defence Commission (CDC). Over a hundred families were affected by the storm which ripped through the community last Friday, leaving destruction to homes.On Tuesday, representatives from the CDC, along with Minister of State Dawn Hastings, Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Councillors visited 16 of the affected families where numerous donations were made. According to Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, the distribution is slated to continue during this week.Adolph said that beverage giant Banks DIH also came on board with additional assistance on Wednesday.The storm which lasted for some two and a half hours resulted in damage to homes in areas such as Blueberry Hill, Silvertown, Burnham Drive, Retrieve, Fair’s Rust and other areas. Following the storm, several residents complained that their rooftops had blown off and numerous trees were uprooted across the community. It also resulted in intense flooding in several residential areas as well as Central Mackenzie— which houses the main shopping district in the community. Numerous electrical power lines and posts were also damaged during the ordeal. Regional officials have since indicated that efforts have been made to budget for a relief bond in Linden which will assist in the storage of items in such times. Officials have also appealed to residents to utilise screws instead of nails when securing zinc sheets to the rooftops of their homes.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Those in attendance for game two between the Fort St. John Huskies and Fairview Flyers got their money’s worth and then some last night. The contest had everything one could ask for in a hockey game and in the end it was the Huskies coming out on top with a 7-6 double overtime win to tie the best of seven semifinal series at one.Fort St. John had a difficult start to the game as they were badly outshot over the opening 20 minutes at 12-4, however a late goal kept them on equal footing at one a piece.The late tally seemed to spark the legs of the Huskies after the intermission as they scored twice in a 38 second span early in the second. Down by two the Flyers kept skating hard and three unanswered goals over the final 17 and a half minutes put them up one heading to the third period.- Advertisement -Over the final 20 minutes the teams went back and forth. Fort St. John successfully killed off a five on three Fairview power play and used the momentum to take the lead late at 6-5. In what could have been an emotionally crushing turn of events the Flyers tied the game at six with under a second left after a scramble in the crease to force overtime.Despite surrendering the late goal the Huskies would not feel sorry for themselves. The first overtime period solved nothing, but in the second extra period a seeing eye shot from the point by Lou Giesbrecht found it’s way into the Fairview goal to give Fort St. John the big win.Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander said with the momentum changing throughout the contest it would have been easy for his squad to fold up shop, however they kept plugging away and were rewarded for their work.Advertisement “There was a lot of good battles going on out there. We could have let that one get away from us but we just found ways to score goals tonight and we came out on top,” he said.With a young squad some of the Huskies inexperienced players struggled in game one, but Alexander gave props to them in game two for having a strong turnaround which showed up on the score sheet with plenty of secondary scoring.“We’ve got some good young talent over here that can score goals. That first game was a real learning lesson for us especially for a lot of our young guys who haven’t been in a semifinal. After that first game they had to amp their game up and they definitely brought a better game,” he said.Scoring for the Huskies were Jordan Harder, Cayle Bell (2), Lucien Serban, Josh Robinson, Ryan McDonald, and Lou Giesbrecht.Advertisement While six goals against may seem like a lot, each of them was hard earned by Fairview. Brody Nelson had another strong outing as he made 48 saves, including a number of clutch stops on the five on three penalty kill in the third period.Game three between the clubs will be in Fairview tomorrow night at 8:30. The series will return to Fort St. John for game four at 8 p.m. on Saturday.