Tiffany Hann was heading back to her home in Isle aux Morts from Port aux Basques on the evening of Aug. 17 when she had a scare.
She hit a pothole next to the entrance of the old dump, flattening two of her tires. The impact caused damage to one of the rims on her car as well.
Her sister was in the passenger seat, with three young children sitting in back.
She said she was aware of the pothole because she usually drives around it. Oncoming traffic prevented her from doing that, and despite slowing down she suffered the damage to her car.
“I probably stopped the car two feet from the guardrail,” she said. “I was too shaken up. I didn’t know what to do.”
A passerby stopped to help Ms. Hann put a dummy tire on the back of her car; it was the only tire that seemed damaged. Once they had that one fixed, they realized the front was leaking too.
Ms. Hann’s then made a call to her father, who arrived with winter tires from Isle aux Morts. They changed the two damaged tires and Ms. Hann was on her way.
Once she returned home, Ms. Hann says she had been trying to contact the Department of Transportation, but was unable to reach the proper person.
She said she wasn’t seeking compensation, but did want to make sure the pothole was filled or warning signs set up.
“Somebody could come home from Ontario and they wouldn’t know nothing about it they could be killed.”
The pothole was patched sometime after Tuesday, but not before Lisa Carroll of Margaree also suffered a flat tire on Aug 21.
She was also familiar with the pothole, but said it seemed to be worse the day she hit it
“I don’t like veering out in the other lane,” she said. “There was water in it so it was kind of covering it.”
She paid $115 to have her rim bent back into shape and a new tire put on it. She said the hole has been patched in the past but it didn’t seem to work.
“Locals know about it, but people who aren’t used to our roads… you still have tourists coming through,” she said.