Natural Resources

Flooding

Date: April 19-20, 2004

Location: Indian Bay

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Latitude:49° 02' 00" N

Longitude: 53° 51' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: CBC website, VOCM web site.

Rapid snow melt resulted in high waters and flooding in Indian Bay, near Centreville, Bonavista Bay. The Salmon river overflowed, flooding two cemeteries, and one house was evacuated.

CBC website:

Waters rise at Indian Bay - Apr 19 2004

ST. JOHN'S ‹ Residents of Indian Bay, near Centreville, Bonavista Bay have been on flood watch throughout the weekend.

The Indian Bay River has overflowed, surrounding a church with water. One house has been evacuated and sandbags put around it to keep the water out.

The water is close to several other houses, and the community's two cemeteries also are submerged. The local council is concerned the sewer system could back up with flood waters.

Resident Ron Collins says the flooding is due to the spring runoff. He says people from the community and volunteer firefighters have been monitoring the water around the clock.

Indian Bay, with a population of about 240 people, has 40 homes.

VOCM web site

Couple Back in Home for Now 4/19/04 (Carla Foote)

Eunice and John Cook of Indian Bay are back in their home today after yesterday's flooding, but it may not be for long. The forecast is calling for 10 cm of snow for the area tonight and Eunice fears they will have to leave again. The couple were evacuated from their home at 9:30 last night and Eunice says they've never seen the nearby Salmon River so high. Mayor Kevin Collins says crews are keeping close watch on the water levels in the river. 3 more homes are in danger of flooding and families have been placed on evacuation alert.

 
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