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Saturday, February 24, 2024

In southwestern Newfoundland, a storm washes out parts of the Trans-Canada Highway

Key takeaways:

  • On Wednesday afternoon, road washouts were recorded five kilometres north and two kilometres south of the settlement.
  • Although the province has no plans to evacuate any homes, officials and police urge locals to stay off the roads.

The town of Channel-Port aux Basques is separated from the rest of Newfoundland in two directions as a massive storm that hit the province on Tuesday continues to drop heavy rain.

According to the province, road washouts were reported five kilometers north and two kilometers south of the village on Wednesday afternoon.

Multiple roads in the Codroy Valley area, including two sections of the Trans-Canada Highway near Doyles, which connects the region to the rest of the island, were washed out earlier in the day, according to the province’s Department of Transportation.

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As per the department, the following roads were restricted:

  • Both lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway have washed out five kilometers southwest of the Doyles interchange.
  • One lane of the Trans-Canada Highway washed out 16 kilometers southwest of the Doyles interchange.
  • 25 kilometers northwest of Port aux Basques is the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • An alternate route, Route 406-11, Doyles Station Road, is accessible.
  • An alternative route, Route 413-01, St. Andrews Road, is accessible.
  • One lane of Loch Lomond Road is closed.
  • One lane of Upper Ferry Road is closed.

Since Tuesday, Environment Canada reports Port aux Basques has received just under 150 millimeters of rain, while Codroy has received close to 200 millimeters.

Roads in Red Bay, Labrador’s southernmost city, are also closed due to washouts. Tracey Hill Road is blocked till further notice, and portions of North Brook Road are damaged but open for the time being.

According to officials, the town has received 50 millimeters of rain as of 7 a.m. AT.

Premier Andrew Furey said on Wednesday afternoon that helicopters are on standby in case of an emergency and that there are no concerns regarding supplies in the community thus far.

Storm washes away areas of Trans-Canada Highway in southwestern Newfoundland

Although the province is not considering evacuating any residences, officials and police urge residents to keep off the roadways.

Wade Osmond, of Port aux Basques, awoke to find considerable flooding on his home near a creek that he claims is about to break due to continuous rains from a pond above.

“We’re in big trouble if that breaks.”

Osmond also discovered 2.5 cm of water in his basement and expressed concern about the upcoming storm.

More rain is on the way.

According to Rodney Barney, a meteorologist with Environment Canada’s meteorologist in Gander, the rain intensified early Wednesday morning. Meteorologists predict the system to bring 150 to 200 mm of rain to the area in total.

He remarked, “We’re looking at another 12 to 18 hours of rain.”

“It appears like the heaviest part of the shower activity for today will be in the morning hours, then progressively tapering off as we move into the afternoon and evening.”

According to Barney another 50 to 80 millimeters of rain might fall, with up to 150 mm in high-elevation locations.

It’s difficult to watch, according to Osmond, but others in the vicinity have it worse.

“I was here at 6 a.m. this morning, sitting and watching the water rise, watching everything that I worked so hard for go down the drain,” he added.

“However, it is what it is, and we must deal with it and accept it as it is.”

Source: CBC News

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