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Wet weather wreaking havoc in Central


The remnants of Hurricane Matthew washed over the province over the past 24 hours and in its wake is a great deal of destruction.

The storm drainage system in Grand Falls-Windsor is struggling to keep up with the run off from the heavy rain. The Central region was hit hard by rain over the past 24 hours.

In Central, several roadways have been washed out and flooding is causing concern in a number of areas.

Lewisporte, St. Alban’s, Bishop’s Falls and Little Burnt Bay are reportedly under a state of emergency.

The Town of Bishop’s Falls declared a state of emergency overnight.

An emergency relief centre has been opened at the Bishop’s Falls Lions Club for evacuees.

Flooding is causing issues more particularly in the Beaumont Heights and Main St. areas, an email message from the town at 2:20 Tuesday morning noted.

The Town of Lewisporte has declared a state of emergency and according to their Facebook page are asking residents to remain off the streets.

Anyone with an emergency can contact the town hall at 535-2737.

There are reports of severe flooding with several homes affected.

There have been social media reports of washouts in the Buchans Highway, Botwood Highway, Phillip’s Head and Millertown areas as well.

Schools in many Central Newfoundland towns have been closed, at least for the morning with updates expected later in the morning.

Also through Facebook, the towns of Cambellton and Birchy Bay are advising residents of poor road conditions.

Volunteer fire fighters in Brown's Arm are on location near the Brown's Arm Brook as the only road out of town is flooding and washing out.

The culvert is reported to be breaking through the road.

Crews are also busy in Norris Arm as the weather is causing flooding and washouts throughout the community.

According to a Facebook update, access to Embree has been cut off as well as from Southern Harbour to the top of town.

In the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor there are also reports of localized flooding.

Fire Chief Vince Mackenzie reported via Twitter last that the storm drainage system was struggling to keep up with the water. 

The storm system - the remnants of Hurricane Matthew - dropped over 150 mm of rain on much of central Newfoundland since yesterday – over 180 mm in Grand Falls-Windsor.

 

 

 

 

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