Rains and melting snow cause road closures

Sarah Seeley
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A barricade blocks Argyle Street in Alberton because of flooding.

Dropping temperatures not expected to freeze large volume of water already on the ground

Heavy rain and rapidly melting snow has caused flooding in areas across the Island.

Environment Canada said rains, high water levels, warm temperatures and warm winds may have contributed to the flooding.

The province's 511 system reported several road closures on Wednesday morning.

List of washout roads

Darren Chaisson, director of highway maintenance for the Department of Transportation, said there are 12 areas the department is monitoring closely since Tuesday night.

"West Prince and central Queens seem to have been hit pretty hard, but we have issues province wide. There are culverts overflowing and roads flooding. Once it started raining, we started getting calls," said Chaisson.

The Department of Transportation issued several traffic advisories. Route 305 between Souris and Rock Barra is closed due to localized flooding. There is also concern of possible highway structure failure three kilometres south of the intersection with Route 16. The detour will be Route 16 to Route 306 and back onto Route 2.

The Martinvale-Bangor Road on Route 321 is being closed one kilometre north of Route 313 because of localized flooding. A detour is currently in place.

All of the road closures are updated on the Department of Transportation's website.

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Chaisson advises motorists to be careful when they are driving on wet roads or if they come across flooded roads.

"Be careful when you're driving. Don't assume it's fine under all that water," he said. "If you come across a flooded area, give us a call at our dispatch office."

Environment Canada said the temperature is forecasting to drop below freezing Wednesday night. Ice pellets and flurries are also possible overnight.

Although temperatures are expected to drop, Chaisson said he doesn't think everything will freeze.

"There's a large volume of water on the ground. We don't expect it all to freeze. But we hope it freezes to delay the snow melt."

Environment Canada said there is no significant amount of precipitation in the forecast for the coming week.

Organizations: Transportation Department

Geographic location: River Road, Ramsay Road, Goodwin Road Stephen Road

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