Corner Brook streets, properties flooded

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CORNER BROOK  Many streams throughout the city could not hold the force of water coming down them Thursday morning, and streets and homes are being flooded.

The biggest impact appears to be in portions of the Curling area of the city, where water was running over Petries Street and through people’s properties. Some residents were trying all they could to divert the flow off their land, but in some places there was no stopping the forceful gush. Other people had their yards categorized as lost causes, and were trying to find ways to pump water out of their basements.

As city crews were spread throughout Corner Brook trying to deal with the problems, a number of streets — including Petries Street — was closed to traffic. A blockade was not necessary on Candow Drive, where most residents were left isolated as a brook gushed over the street off of Georgetown Road. The water was again running through properties, leaving one resident fearing they would lose their shed along with the estimated thousands of dollars worth of damage to their land.

Meanwhile, crews were working hard to stop a travel trailer from toppling into another brook along Petries Street. A number of feet off the river bank had washed away — in the same location where a house flooded, stranding a woman, a few years ago — and the trailer was tipping sideways as crews worked to prevent it from going into the water completely.

Corner Brook Stream was also raging Thursday morning, resulting in the closure of Main Street for precautionary reasons.

 

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The heavy rain and winds are causing flooding in and around different parts of the west coast.

Water has flooded a piece of the Trans-Canada Highway in the eastbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Marble Mountain.

The city of Corner Brook is also seeing a rise in water levels. The Corner Brook Stream level has almost reached the bottom of the bottom of the bridge on Main Street.

Curling appears to be one of the hardest hit areas of Corner Brook, with several streams and brooks overflowing onto roads and properties.

Many schools are closed throughout the region and power is gone in Pasadena, Steady Brook and communities in the Flat Bay area.

Geographic location: Petries Street, Corner Brook, Georgetown Road

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  • donovan
    November 29, 2013 - 16:31

    OMFG! that is way to high .......... worst i've seen

  • Rick Hynes
    November 28, 2013 - 15:25

    The only way to save that trailer is with a crane and lift the whole thing to safety.

  • david
    November 28, 2013 - 11:12

    How could anyone have predicted such a disaster? A heavy rainstorm overwhelming the water-handling capabilities of Corenr Brook hasn't happened here in...oh, about 11 months. There was just no way of predicting this, or preparing in any way to lessen the damage. Besides all attention and resources were already focused on more new hiking trails, the new War Memorial, and a couple of cruise ship visits....urgent stuff. Maybe next year will be better. As always in Corner Brook, hope for the best and........well, that's it.