The Department of Transportation reports many washed-out roads in the Codroy Valley area, including two sections of the Trans-Canada Highway near Doyles, after a rainstorm hit Newfoundland’s southwest coast overnight.
The Department reported the following road closures:
- The Trans-Canada Highway five miles southwest of the Doyles intersection, both lanes have been washed.
- The Trans-Canada Highway 16 km southwest of the Doyles intersection, a washed lane.
- 406-11, Doyles Station Road, an alternative route is available.
- Route 413-01, St. Andrews Road, an alternative road is available.
- Lock Lomond Road, onelane is closed.
- Upper ferry route, a closed lane.
The storm has already dropped 93 mm in Port aux Basques as of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Rodney Barney, a meteorologist with the Environmental Weather Officer in Canada in Gander.
“Beyond the Codroy Valley we have a ratio of 125 mm,” Barney said, adding that he suspects much higher amounts of rain fell on the mountains.
Barney said the rain should intensify early Wednesday morning as meteorologists expect the system to bring 150 to 200 millimeters of rain to the area in total.
“We are still seeing another 12 to 18 hours of rain,” he said.
“It seems that during the morning hours is probably when the heaviest part of the shower activity will happen for today, then it will gradually close as we move into the afternoon and evening.”
Barney said even 50mm to 80mm of rain could fall, up to 150mm in high-altitude areas.
Winds blew over 130km / h in the Wreckhouse area, but eased slightly Wednesday morning to around 90km / h, Barney said. He said the wind is expected to rise again on Wednesday morning.
Most of the rainfall is limited to the southwestern corner of the island, which means that the area of Port aux Basques and as far east as La Poilecan predict that the storm will continue to hit communities.
In a press release, the RCMP said Department of Transportation teams were working in Codroy Valley areas to assess the damage.
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