Natural Resources


Date: March 31 - April 1 2003

Location: Pinchgut Bridge

Easting: 427811

Northing: 5407323

Latitude: 48° 48' 00" N

Longitude: 58° 06' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: Various news sources

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Heavy rains take toll on highways, towns - Apr 1 2003

CORNER BROOK ­ The Trans-Canada Highway is closed because of a flood-damaged bridge at Pinchgut River, about 20 kilometres west of Corner Brook. The centre of the bridge has dropped about one metre.

Transportation Minister Jim Walsh says his department is bringing in a temporary Bailey bridge, but it will be Thursday afternoon before the bridge is installed and the highway reopened.

The blockage is just a few kilometres from where a landslide covered the highway during heavy rain Monday.

Effort shifts to repairing flood damage - Posted Apr 2

CORNER BROOK ­ Government officials are converging on western Newfoundland Wednesday to assess damage from this week's heavy rains and flooding.

The Department of Works, Services and Transportation has reopened one lane of the damaged bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway at Pinchgut Brook, but only light vehicles can cross the span.

Tractor trailer trucks are lining up on each side of the swollen brook, waiting for a safe replacement bridge to be put in place.

A contractor has begin installing a temporary Bailey bridge. That work was delayed for a short time Wednesday morning because some parts for the bridge were missing ­ Corner Brook Pulp and Paper was able to provide the missing pieces from its own supply.

Flooding was also reported to affect homes in Cox's Cove, Stephenville Crossing and Corner Brook. In addition a landslide blocked the Trans-Canada near George's Lake.

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