Natural Resources


Date: March 31, 2003

Location: Cox's Cove

Easting: 421500

Northing: 5441600

Latitude: 49° 07' 00" N

Longitude: 58° 05' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: Various news sources

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Flood victims anxious for compensation Apr 15 2003

COX'S COVE ­ Some people on the west coast of Newfoundland are wondering when their flood-damaged homes will be fixed.

More than 100 houses were damaged during heavy rains and flooding two weeks ago.

The provincial government is promising assistance, but the homeowners don't know when they'll receive it. Alfreda Buffett, 76, has had to tear up rotten tiles from the living room her home in Cox's Cove.

"It's a disaster, my dear. It's really a disaster," she says. "The floor stinks ­water underneath it­ the walls got to be taken out."

Effort shifts to repairing flood damage Apr 2 2003

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

Community leaders from the Codroy Valley to Corner Brook and Cox's Cove are wondering who will pay to replace washed-out roads and damaged water and sewer systems.

Many homeowners whose basements were flooded already have been told by their insurance companies they are not covered. More than 50 millimetres of rain fell in some areas Monday. That combined with melting snow and warm temperatures to send ice, water and debris through streets, properties and businesses in many communities.

Scott Wells, the mayor of Cox's Cove, says some houses were damaged, and at least a half a dozen still have no power because electrical panels were damaged.

Heavy rains take toll on highways, towns - Apr 1

Fred Hollett of the EMO says in Cox's Cove 30 or 40 houses were flooded, and the town's roads and other infrastructure were damaged. He says several dozen houses in Stephenville Crossing also were affected.

Hollett says flooding also was reported in Steady Brook, on the banks of the Humber River.

Parts of western Newfoundland saw more than 50 millimetres of rain Monday. That combined with melting snow and warm temperatures to create widespread flooding.

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

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