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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Record-breaking storm destroys highway links in Newfoundland

storm destroys highway

Key Takeaways:

  • Storm smashes the 24-hour rainfall record as well as the 2-day rainfall record for the area.
  • Premier Andrew Furey of Newfoundland and Labrador has arrived in the town of Channel-Port aux Basques to assess the damage caused by a massive storm that left record rain totals and damage in its wake.

Furey arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. NT on Thursday, accompanied by Transportation Minister Elvis Loveless, due to washed-out roads in and out of the community.

The trip also included the transport of a medical patient to a hospital for non-emergency treatment. Helicopter services are currently being used for emergencies, and there is no timetable for road repairs, but Furey stated that work is underway. Rainfall totals in the northern Codroy Valley were even higher: 195.6 millimeters.

“The water levels are lower than I predicted, based on some of the footage we’ve seen. So that’s a good sign, then, “Furey stated. “Some of the damage, however, is a little worse when you see it in person.”

Meanwhile, a helicopter rescued two people from Over Falls, a neighborhood near South Branch. Chris and Melissa Battiste, who live off the grid in a yurt tent in the area, said they were ready to ride out the storm — until the water levels rose.

“I was watching the brook slowly come up, like every hour it would come up a couple of inches, and it wasn’t a big deal,” Melissa Battiste explained. “However, around midnight, one o’clock, it began to rise six inches at a time to a foot. It happened in an instant. It grew three feet in an hour.”

Chris Battiste described the surrounding forest as “completely flooded.” “We had have had to go swimming somewhere… There were no other options.”

Barachois Ground Search and Rescue and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre were called to help locate the couple and their dog, Blue. The RCMP, however, stated that rescuers were unable to identify them due to inclement weather and a road washout. A Cougar helicopter rescued them shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

Source: CBC News

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