Natural Resources


Date: April 5, 2004

Location: Burgeo road, Whitbourne, Burin Peninsula





Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: CBC website, VOCM web site.

CBC website:

Burgeo road washed out - Apr 5 2004

CORNER BROOK ‹ People in Burgeo were cut off from the rest of the province Monday as flooding forced the Department of Works, Services and Transportation to close the road.

A combination of heavy rain and spring runoff has washed out a section of road at Top Pond Brook, about 40 kilometres from the south coast community.

Department officials can't say when they'll have the road reopened.

Heavy equipment from Stephenville was being brought into the area, but highways crews are off the job as part of the strike by 20,000 public sector workers.

Traffic resumes on Burgeo highway - Apr 5 2004

ST. JOHN'S ‹ The Burgeo highway was partially reopened Monday afternoon after a washout Sunday night.

Flooding eroded a lane of the road at Top Pond Brook, about 40 kilometres from the town on Newfoundland's south coast.

It's in an area where there was heavy drifting over the winter. Rain on the weekend melted a lot of snow in the back country.

The water built up behind one of the drifts and broke through onto the highway. A private contractor cleared a channel and the flooding subsided. Traffic resumed under escort. A contractor will also repair the damage to the road.

Washouts take toll on roads - Apr 7 2004

ST. JOHN'S ‹ The Trans-Canada Highway has been reopened to traffic about 2.5 kilometres west of Whitbourne. Late Tuesday afternoon a buildup of water washed out part of the roadbed and pavement.

RCMP constable Ed Rossiter says an engineer was on the scene at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, and the decision was made to open one lane of the highway. Two lanes were opened later Wednesday morning. Heavy rain and melting snow have damaged other roads including:

  • The Burgeo highway.
  • The Burin Peninsula highway between Terrenceville and Goobies.
  • Route 101 between Long Harbour and the Argentia access road.
  • Route 102 to Ship Harbour.
  • The Colinet road.
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