Newfoundland city mobilizes to feed stranded truckers after massive storm


A small Newfoundland community came together today to bring sandwiches and coffee to stranded truckers after a storm ripped through parts of the island’s main highway this week.

The Mayor of Placentia, NL, says organizing efforts began Friday night when residents learned that some truckers had been stuck in a nearby ferry terminal for a few days without much to eat or drink.

Keith Pearson says the people of his town jumped into action, and at 9 a.m. this morning, a full team was at the terminal going from truck to truck to deliver sandwiches, snacks, and cups of coffee or tea.

A massive rain storm that began Tuesday washed away four sections of the Trans-Canada Highway in southwestern Newfoundland, blocking access to the area’s main ferry terminal in the town of Port aux Basques.

Marine Atlantic inaugurated the seasonal ferry terminal at the Port of Argentia, about 10 kilometers north of Placentia, on Thursday so that essential cargo transportation can continue.

Pearson said there were about 150 trucks at the Port of Argentia terminal this morning, some whose drivers had been there for several days, and all were grateful for both the food and the community’s efforts to care for them.

This Canadian Press report was first published on November 27, 2021.

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