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9 Mach 2017
Shingles Blown Off
Sarnia Train Station


Sarnia Ontario - Upgrades at Sarnia's train station wrapped up in February, but more repairs are coming after heavy winds hit Wednesday.
 
Shingles from the 1891 built station's recently repaired roof were separated and strewn amid gusts that Environment Canada said topped out at 83 km/h in the municipality.
 
The winds were strong enough to blow over some trees and set off alarms, police said, but not as strong as the 100 km/h winds recorded in London and Chatham, or 115 km/h gusts at the Hamilton Airport.
 
The Sarnia station, where facade restoration work on the building's Green Street side, along with door, roof, and accessible washroom upgrades that all wrapped up sometime between last summer and February, is due to be inspected for damage, said VIA Rail spokesperson Mariam Diaby.
 
"Once the assessment is completed, we will make the necessary repairs," she said, in an email.
 
Masonry work was completed at the site in the summer, Diaby said, adding washroom upgrades were done in February.
 
She wasn't able to immediately specify when roofing repairs were completed.
 
The Observer spoke with masonry workers on the job at the station 12 Sep 2016.
 
Similar masonry upgrades and door repairs were done on the track-facing side of the building one year earlier.
 
Diaby said $900,000 has been invested into the station since 2015.
 
VIA, she said, is continuing to look into increasing train frequency at the station where service was slashed in half in 2012 to one train in and one train out per day.
 
"VIA has submitted a request to the track owner and discussions are ongoing," Diaby said.
 
Meanwhile, no one in Sarnia was injured Wednesday amid the winds that brought widespread power outages across Southwestern Ontario, said Sarnia Police Const. Giovanni Sottosanti.
 
All were restored Wednesday evening, he said.
 
Tyler Kula.

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