The Minister of Transportation and Works says his department is putting the safety of the residents affected by the flooding and landslides on the west coast as priority number one.
Steve Crocker says the biggest issue is the washout in Little Rapids. The road damage has led to no access point through the TCH in that area, but they are looking for another way.
He says they are exploring an alternate route, and the main issue is emergency access. He says he’s been talking with Western Health, and there is a helicopter on stand by if necessary.
As we hear of the destruction from the current weather in our province, our thoughts are with the public & first responders being affected or involved. Please monitor forecasts, be prepared & obey directions of public officials. Stay safe & call 911 in the event of an emergency! pic.twitter.com/jM3Pbl7jO5
— NL Fire Services (@NLFireServices) January 13, 2018
Crocker says department officials will continue to monitor the situation, and keep residents up-to-date with information.
He says he would encourage people to keep informed by following the news and watching social media. He adds that senior department officials went to the west coast today, and he will follow tomorrow morning.
The View From The Scene
The minister responsible for Fire and Emergency Services is on the ground in the flood zones today.
Eddie Joyce was in Benoit’s Cove earlier today, and is heading to Frenchman’s Cove to survey the damage there.
He says the damage was plentiful in Benoit’s Cove, but it is being addressed as it happens.
Some of what he has witnessed washouts, trees down, debris, brooks overflowing. He says he has seen plenty of equipment on the road getting to the different affected areas.
Joyce adds that residents are helping out in whatever way they can. He says some locals are out with shovels beating down the ice.
He says he wants to thanks those who are helping neighbours, the town and others during this time.