Natural Resources

Flooding

Date: August 1, 2007

Location: western Avalon Peninsula

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Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: VOCM website, CBC website, Telegram

The Avalon Peninsula was hit by exceptionally heavy rain-fail on the night of July 31 and morning of August 1st as tropical storm Chantal passed through the province. 150 mm of rain was recorded at Whitbourne, 85 mm in Placentia (in six hours), and 96 mm in St. John's. The heavy rainfall resulted in widespread flooding. The worst hit area was Dunville, with extensive damage reported. Other communities severely affected (mostly from road washouts) included Bay Roberts, Shearstown, Norman's Cove, Long Harbour, Ship Harbour , South River , St. Brides, Old Shop, Brigus, Cupids and Bryant's Cove. Lesser damage occurred in many other communities, including St. John's. States of emergency were declared in the communities of Dunville, Placentia, Bryant's Cove, Bay Roberts and Cupids.

In Dunville, much of the damage occurred when relatively small streams draining steep hillsides burst their banks, washing away roads and culverts and causing property damage. "Numerous" houses experienced flood damage. The main road was washed out in several places, with an estimated repair cost of $1-2 million.

In Bay Roberts, Shearstown Brook burst its bank and the bridge over the river was in danger of failing. Numerous basements were flooded Ð estimates of over 100 houses were made to the media.

The Argentia access road was washed out, meaning the Marine Atlantic ferry could not operate from that port for 2 days. In St. Brides, the road to the fish plant was washed out, resulting in its temporary closure.

Cost estimates were not available immediately but Federal Disaster Assistance was promised by the Prime Minister visiting Dunville. The Premier also visited flood sites, promising assistance to those affected. Work crews were able to re-open many roads to communities that were isolated over the next 24 hours.

 
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