© — Star photo by Gary Kean
A line of sandbags had to be used on Purchase Avenue to redirect the flow of water that came rushing from the property across the street Thursday night.
CORNER BROOK Heavy rains and melting snow caused problems in several areas in and around Corner Brook late Thursday night.
With more precipitation and mild temperatures in the forecast for Friday night and today, city work crews were on high alert for more. The worst situation was on Purchase Avenue, a tiny street connecting Dyke’s Road and Reid’s Road off O’Connell.
There, a torrent of water coming from the woods behind one home coursed around the residence’s garage, across the road and onto another property. Crews scrambled to place sandbags on the road to divert the rushing water away from the second property and into a storm drain.
The property closer to the source of the water sustained damage to the driveway, material from which covered the road. The city still had the road closed to through traffic Friday afternoon.
“We are investigating where the water was coming from,” said Rayna Luther, the City of Corner Brook’s assistant director of operational services.
Luther explained that the city is normally not responsible for natural flooding occurrences and was looking to see if there were any other factors that might have forced the water onto the property so unexpectedly.
Elsewhere, Gilbert Street — a steep road off O’Connell Drive near the Bliss Street intersection — was also closed for a part of Friday. Storm water had eroded the shoulder of the road, but crews were on the scene to repair that damage later in the day.
There was also debris forced onto sections of Griffin Drive, while Pikes Road — a steep road in the Curling area, also was damaged by flooding. Neither of those thoroughfares had to be shut down.
The forecast was calling for up to 60 millimetres of rain to fall between Friday night and today and temperatures between 6 C and 8 C.
Luther said the city crews, and their arsenal of sand bags, are on standby to deal with any more situations that may arise.