More than 25 sites being dealt with by Summerside transportation depot
SUMMERSIDE – It may not seem like spring above the snowdrifts, but water is flowing below them, often spilling over roadways which makes driving hazardous.
© Michael Nesbitt / Journal Pioneer
This section at the start of Rte. 12 near Miscouche is one of more than 25 sites of road flooding being tackled by Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews over the weekend.
Highways dispatcher Errol Thompson advised Sunday morning that more than 25 sites of flooding have been reported. Eight or nine highways workers have been out since Saturday trying to clear the problems.
“The worst last night was at the Slemon Park roundabout, where there was about 30cm (one foot) of water all around it. We got it cleared and its flowing (away) well now,” Thompson related.
“Our main concern is that the water get rerouted into ditches, especially where culverts are blocked,” he advised, adding that crews are trying to avoid water backing up to affect nearby homes or other structures as well.
Our main concern is that the water get rerouted into ditches Errol Thompson - Dispatcher, Summerside transportation depot
Warning signs are being placed at locations where crews cannot effectively manage the flooding. Thompson couldn’t give any confirmation of how many locations were cleared until crews report back later in the day.