Unseasonably warm temperatures lead to flooding in Carbonear

Melissa Jenkins
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It was not ideal conditions for driving down Water Street in Carbonear on Sunday, Jan. 12.

A storm drain in Carbonear overflows in front of the Stone House building on Water Street during the January thaw this week.

It was not ideal conditions for driving down Water Street in Carbonear on Sunday, Jan. 12.

In fact, for a period of time, town workers had shut down sections of the road because of standing water and excess water bubbling out of the storm sewer system.Unseasonably warm temperatures and rain caused snow banks — some up to rooftops — to melt, draining downhill.

Director of Public Works Brian O’Grady confirmed 10 workers were called in to help with flooding issues, including six labourers and four heavy equipment operators.

The worst of the flooding was in front of Rorke’s Museum and the former Stone House building, which continued late into the evening.

Town workers placed barricades over some drains, which were no longer leaking onto the streets by morning.

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  • Pam
    January 18, 2014 - 22:11

    Where is Sammy Clause to clean up this mess? #thoughtyoucouldfixaleak