'We makes the best of everything': Resilience in wake of flooding on Newfoundland's west coast

'We makes the best of everything': Resilience in wake of flooding on Newfoundland's west coast
From CBC - January 14, 2018

Crews are working around the clock on Newfoundland's west coast to deal with destruction from Saturday's flooding.

Heavy rain and rapid snowmelt caused by unseasonably warm temperatures caused seriousflooding, mudslides, road washouts isolating communitiesand millions of dollars of damage.

"I have not seen anything like this here before,"said Vanessa Burry of Little Rapids.

The Trans-Canada Highway near Little Rapids was bustling Sunday morning as crews dug to install new culverts where the road had washed out.

There was no connection between Deer Lake and Corner Brook for hours Saturday, until crews made a single gravel bypass lane and escorted traffic through.

The scene right now on TCH near little rapids. #nlwx #nltraffic


Burry told CBCRadio's Weekend AM Sunday that she waited in linefor about half an hour Saturday, in order to drive to Corner Brook usually 15 minutes away.

But she said there's not much damage in her community, particularly compared with Corner Brook, and people are going about their everyday lives.

"It was on a Saturday. It's not like a lot of people were trying to get to work I was trying to get to work," she laughed.

"We are Newfoundlanders, hey, we makes the best of everything!"

Western Newfoundland rainfall amounts through 8:30 pm:
99 mm (Grand Lake Hydro);
89 mm (Black Brook Hydro);
67 mm (Aides Lake Hydro);
48 mm (Stephenville Airport);
38 mm (Deer Lake Airport).#nlwx


'Bracing' for trouble

As of 7 a.m. Sunday, both the City of Corner Brook and the Towns of Humber Arm South and Lark Harbour were still under states of emergency, first declared late Saturday afternoon.

"Because of the cold weather, we are bracing for some possible water line breaks," Corner Brook Mayor Jim Parsons told CBC Radio'sWeekend AMon Sunday.

Roads re-opening, stay off if possible




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