Lac Megantic

NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
edited July 2013 in General Discussion
http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
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  • LisaLisa Temporary Suspension
    Lac Megantic is nowhere near Lac St Jean. Two different sides of the St. Lawrence River and (guessing) a good 5-6 hours away. Lac Megantic is near Memphremagog, and has itself hosted numerous pro swims in the past. Not sure if they're on the circuit this year or not. Very tragic news.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    Sorry had the wrong link but right lake
    Here the right link
    FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013 - Lac Megantic (CAN)
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  • LisaLisa Temporary Suspension
    August 10th. My bet is the swim will still happen. A World Cup race is a big deal to a small logging town like this. From an emotional standpoint, they are going to need this event. But a very tough month ahead...
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember

    bbc.co.uk Some of the train's cargo spilled into the nearby Chaudiere river, said Environment Quebec spokesman Christian Blanchette, adding that communities downstream of Lac-Megantic had been warned to take care if using river water.

    Hope the spillage won't hamper the race.
    And that the race will bring some nice distractions for them there.
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  • I'm willing to guess that if the responders are appropriately trained, and think that the crude made its way to the water, they have put boom out to contain the spill. Based on what I've read about how they responded to the BLEVE, they sound at least relatively competent.
  • LisaLisa Temporary Suspension
    The Chaudiere River flows north to the St. Lawrence. The lake is the headwater, I believe. Damage to the lake itself should therefore be minimal, though the communities downstream could be in trouble.
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