Highways dept dealing with numerous washouts

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON -- Barricades and “road closed” signs were commonplace across P.E.I. on Wednesday as several roads had to be closed to through traffic due to flooding and washouts.

Raging water fills a culvert and overflows a low spot on the Harper Road, near Tignish, Wednesday. The Confederation Trail crosses the road at the low spot and it appeared to be washed out from the flooding. Tuesday's mild temperature, coupled by heavy overnight rainfall caused flooding on many roads across P.E.I. on Wednesday.

Prince County dispatcher Sean McNally said crews were being kept busy putting up signs and barricades where culverts couldn’t keep up with the rush of water from Tuesday’s warm temperature and the overnight rainfall.

“There’s so many of (the washouts) right now; they just have to barricade what’s dangerous,” he said late Wednesday afternoon.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal posted a list of roads where detours were in place because culverts or roadways were washed out or streams were crossing right over the roads.

One of the first bridge to go was on the Jerry Road between the O’Halloran Road and the Duvar Road late Tuesday afternoon. A culvert also washed oute on the Center Line Road between Roseville and Alma.

The Alberton Pond flowed right over two roads, Poplar and Argyle, limiting access to Western Hospital to just one street, Albion. Anglers were catching fish on the Alberton Pond on Tuesday until the ice became unsafe. It might be their last chance to catch whatever fish are still in the pond from last winter’s winter fishery there, as the trout were able to cross right over Poplar Street once the pond.overflowed its banks. Still, by Wednesday evening, while water still flowed over the street, anglers were back at the pond trying their luck.

On the Harper Road, near Tignish, there was as much water flowing over a low spot on the road before the culvert as there was through the culvert. The Confederation Trail crosses at the low spot and water was running over it, too, and it showed signs of deep wash-outs.

There was also a culvert washout at the Ramsay and Boulter Road intersection in Glenwood, on the Mill Road in Urbainville and on the Dunk River Road as well as several in eastern P.E.I.

“It’s actually changing by the hour with new spots,” McNally reported, indicating there was little evidence late Wednesday of waters receding.

“Some places, you really can’t do much. There’s nowhere to drain it to. There’s basically no other choice but to let it run its course and hopefully get as little damage out of it as possible,” McNally assessed.

In addition to the roads, McNally said the Department was receiving numerous calls from homeowners whose culverts had washed out. Crews were responding to the calls but he said it was difficult carrying out repairs while the water was still raging.

 

Organizations: Western Hospital

Geographic location: Prince, Jerry Road, O’Halloran Road Duvar Road Center Line Road Roseville Alma Poplar Street Harper Road Tignish Boulter Road Glenwood Mill Road Urbainville Dunk River Road Eastern P.E.I.

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