Natural Resources


Date: February 18, 2008

Location: Bay D'Espoir highway





Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: CBC website

High rainfall caused the closing of the Bay D'Espoir highway for a period, and also affected roads in western Newfoundland

CBC website:

Flooding closes Bay D'Espoir highway

Heavy rain made travelling treacherous on some regional highways in western and southern Newfoundland on Tuesday. The Bay D'Espoir Highway was closed at midday when heavy rain and melting snow swamped the road at the exit to Conne River and Pool's Cove.

An official with the Newfoundland and Labrador Transportation Department said the unseasonable melt has been coupled with ice-blocked culverts. Although the road is intact, transportation officials ruled there was too much water on the pavement for safe driving.

Meanwhile, parts of Route 460 totalling several hundred metres near Stephenville were covered with water. About 30 centimetres of water had pooled on the road, and heavy rainfall has made a nearby brook overflow its banks.

"The water is up over the road. [It] doesn't look like it's showing any signs of letting up at this point," Cyril McCarthy, an official with the Transportation Department, said Tuesday. "There's just too much water on the road to get through."

Motorists travelling between Stephenville and the Port au Port Peninsula are being advised to use Route 490 instead.

About 50 millimetres of rain fell from late Monday to early Tuesday morning in the Port aux Basques area, Environment Canada said. About 35 millimetres of rain was recorded at Stephenville.

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