States of emergency have been declared in two municipalities to deal with widespread flooding and damages caused by rain and sudden snow melt.
The City of Corner Brook declared a State of Emergency earlier today to activate its emergency response plan and fire protection backup plan. Early Saturday evening, the Town of Humber Arm South followed suit.
The Mayor of Corner Brook, Jim Parsons says the city is looking at millions of dollars in damage after Saturday’s flooding.
Parsons says a number of roads, walking trails and storm sewers have been washed out, along with two major water breaks.
Parsons says, the city is well into the millions in damage. The Public Works Depot sustained significant damage due to water entering the front door, and Parsons says staff were forced to close off part of the building.
As well, Parsons says assessing the damage will take some time. He says the assessment will take place over a number of days, but it could be weeks before they see the full effects of some of the undermined asphalt.
He says it will not be a quick process, as there is significant damage to inspect.
The Mayor spoke highly of those working throughout the state of emergency. Parsons says despite the chaos, emergency response crews handled themselves very well.
Parsons says the City has been coordinating all day with emergency services, and the planning and execution exhibited by all groups is impressive.
Crews remained at work well into the night and early morning to do some back-fill and ensure water is flowing where it should be as much as possible.
In a release from the City of Corner Brook, residents are asked to consider safety during this time, including staying off roads and sidewalks, staying away from brooks, streams and riverbanks, stay inside if possible and contact 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
The City is asking that residents use the customer service line to relay emergency information only.
Media Release STATE OF EMERGENCY CALLED FOR THE CITY OF CORNER BROOK.
Effective immediately, Mayor Jim Parsons has declared a state of emergency for the City due to heavy rainfall and snow melting, infrastructure damage, and an overwhelmed municipal drainage system. pic.twitter.com/RhlqqGKmwF
— Corner Brook (@CornerBrook) January 13, 2018
Updated conditions on the state of highways across the province can be found at this link: Highway Driving Conditions Report
Crews with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro braved the elements today to restore power to areas affected by flooding and landslides. Power was knocked out to several areas on the Northern Peninsula including Birchy Head, Glenburnie, Woody Pt. Winterhouse Brook, and Trout River.
However, due to dangerous weather conditions, crews had to call off the repair efforts for the night. NL Hydro says they will resume in the morning with a helicopter patrol.
Unfortunately due to the weather conditions in the area our crew is unable to continue efforts tonight. They will resume in the morning with a helicopter patrol. Please be safe – check on your friends/neighbours. https://t.co/0mPBRoPD1I
— NLHydro (@NLHydro) January 14, 2018
Deer Lake Fire Rescue has issued a warning to avoid ice crossing due to significant rainfall and thawing. Until conditions cool significantly, it warns that no ice crossing is safe for travel.
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