Natural Resources


Date: February 4 to 16, 1984

Location: Western and eastern Newfoundland




Injuries: 0

Source: Environment Canada. Flood Events in Canada, 1983-1987. Water Planning and Management Branch, Inland Waters Directorate. October, 1988. Evening Telegram, February 1984

Torrential rain, warm temperatures and ice jams caused flooding in a number of Newfoundland communities including Stephenville, Black Duck and Port au Port in the west and Glovertown in the east.

Record temperatures were recorded in St. John's on 5 February (16 degrees C), and, combined with rain, this caused minor flooding in St. John's. The Gander - Grand Falls area also had warm temperatures and 45- 50 mm of rain. There were many flooded basements in this area, and the Gander airport was closed for 5 hours. The Baie d'Espoir highway was closed due to flooding, as was the Trans-Canada between Deer Lake and Corner Brook.

On February 8 an emergency was declared in Glovertown. An ice-jam on the Terra Nova River close to the mouth had resulted in flooding of two houses, and others were threatened. The Provincial Emergency Measures Organization used explosives to break-up the ice jam and by the next day the flood waters had receded.

Ice jams also caused problems at Black Duck, near Stephenville. The Harry's River was blocked and waters rose over farmland. 20 people were evacuated and 100 cows were trapped. The flooding started on 5 February and on 11 February the Emergency Measures Organization switched its attention to this area. 9.5 tonnes of explosive were used to break-up the ice jam, and by 14 February the floods had receded. Two houses and a barn were destroyed by the flood, and damage was estimated as being over $100,000.

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