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Food deliveries to Labrador community still stymied by rough weather

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HOPEDALE, N.L. - Frustrations are growing in a Labrador community that has seen food deliveries hampered by poor weather and problems with the ferry service.

People in Hopedale had been hoping the Astron ferry would be able to make a long-awaited delivery Monday, but learned it was not able to dock because of high winds.

Town manager Ketura Abel says there's little to buy on store shelves and while produce is coming in by air, it's only enough for a few days.

She says food like meat is in short supply and being sold at inflated prices.

Transportation Minister Nick McGrath says he's told Nunatsiavut Marine that he expects improvements to the Labrador coastal freight service next year.

The service has been beset by delays and mechanical problems since the shipping season opened, leaving some communities without freight for more than half the year.

(VOCM)

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