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  • Flooding, High Water Disrupt Rush Hour as Heavy Rain Washes the Avalon

    (Photo by Earl Noble.)

    Heavy snowfall followed quickly by rain resulted in flooding in many parts of the metro region today.

    Crews were out in force, working to widen the streets of the metro region and push back this morning’s snowfall to give today’s rain somewhere to go.

    However, the rain came quickly on the tail of the snowfall, and as a result, this afternoon’s commute was a messy one with water buildup and heavy flooding in many areas of St. John’s.

    Reports of stalled vehicles and road closures came out in force during rush hour. Most roadways also had to deal with slush, resulting in deteriorated driving conditions.

    The City of St. John’s says extra crews were out working to widen streets and clear catch basins in areas prone to flooding, in order to give the rainwater somewhere to go.

    Meanwhile, even city trucks had some issues with the treacherous conditions. A city salt truck collided with a utility pole on Goodview Street this evening, cracking off the pole and knocking out power to the area.

    A caller to VOCM News says they were instructed to stay inside by members of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, as electrical wires were downed in the area. Newfoundland Power crews were called to the scene to make repairs to the downed line.

    PAL Airlines and Aerospace Meteorologist Brian Walsh says the rain will taper off into the evening, but the Avalon will have to deal with temperatures dropping past the freezing mark. He says most standing water will likely freeze overnight.

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