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Flooding hits localized areas of P.E.I.


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Heavy rains and melting snow have caused flooding in several parts of the greater Charlottetown area and caused damage to some streets and roads in the Stratford area.

Other than one road closure, however, roads in other parts of the Island have escaped serious damage.

"We are not too bad," said Darren Chaisson, director of highway maintenance for the province. "We have one road closed off, the Bethal Road and a partial closure on the Georegetown Road in Stratford."

Water flooded up over the road at a bridge on the Bethal Road, said Chaisson.

"Not sure if there is something blocking there or a partial blockage but water is over-topping the road and it caused the shoulder on the outlet side to wash away.

"We are just waiting for the water to subside and we will go in and have a look at it. We don't expect there is going to be damage there but you never know until you go in and have a look at it."

The Georgetown Road in Stratford was partially washed away around a culvert, said Chaisson. One lane remains open on that road.

"All things considered, things are holding up pretty well," he said. "We suspect we will be into this for the next couple of weeks, every time we get some warm temperatures or a heavy rainfall but we think we have made it through the worst of it as far as this rain goes," he said.

In Charlottetown, a portion of Kent Street closest to Joe Ghiz Park was closed to vehicle traffic because of water levels.

At the CBC studios on University Avenue crews had to pile sandbags around a basement door to keep water from entering the building.

Restoration companies are busy. So busy they had no time to answer questions from the media.

Scott MacDonald, superintendent of Charlottetown public works department, said it started getting calls about 6:30 a.m.

Crews were cleaning clogged catch basins and blocked culverts, removing debris, chunks of ice and snow.

MacDonald said homes he saw near Joe Ghiz Park had hoses running  into the street to dispose of water from  basements.

A spokeswoman for the Home Hardware store on St. Peters Road said there had been a steady flow of homeowners with flooding issues coming into the store.

“It’s been busy, people came in looking for three things, hoses, sump pumps and shop vacs,” the spokeswoman said.

Calls to other businesses selling sump pumps and related equipment found they too had had a surge of customers looking for those items.

 

       

 

Heavy rains and melting snow have caused flooding in several parts of the greater Charlottetown area and caused damage to some streets and roads in the Stratford area.

Other than one road closure, however, roads in other parts of the Island have escaped serious damage.

"We are not too bad," said Darren Chaisson, director of highway maintenance for the province. "We have one road closed off, the Bethal Road and a partial closure on the Georegetown Road in Stratford."

Water flooded up over the road at a bridge on the Bethal Road, said Chaisson.

"Not sure if there is something blocking there or a partial blockage but water is over-topping the road and it caused the shoulder on the outlet side to wash away.

"We are just waiting for the water to subside and we will go in and have a look at it. We don't expect there is going to be damage there but you never know until you go in and have a look at it."

The Georgetown Road in Stratford was partially washed away around a culvert, said Chaisson. One lane remains open on that road.

"All things considered, things are holding up pretty well," he said. "We suspect we will be into this for the next couple of weeks, every time we get some warm temperatures or a heavy rainfall but we think we have made it through the worst of it as far as this rain goes," he said.

In Charlottetown, a portion of Kent Street closest to Joe Ghiz Park was closed to vehicle traffic because of water levels.

At the CBC studios on University Avenue crews had to pile sandbags around a basement door to keep water from entering the building.

Restoration companies are busy. So busy they had no time to answer questions from the media.

Scott MacDonald, superintendent of Charlottetown public works department, said it started getting calls about 6:30 a.m.

Crews were cleaning clogged catch basins and blocked culverts, removing debris, chunks of ice and snow.

MacDonald said homes he saw near Joe Ghiz Park had hoses running  into the street to dispose of water from  basements.

A spokeswoman for the Home Hardware store on St. Peters Road said there had been a steady flow of homeowners with flooding issues coming into the store.

“It’s been busy, people came in looking for three things, hoses, sump pumps and shop vacs,” the spokeswoman said.

Calls to other businesses selling sump pumps and related equipment found they too had had a surge of customers looking for those items.

 

       

 

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