Clarenville lifts state of emergency

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Clarenville has lifted its state of emergency.

Coun. Keith Rodway said town officials removed the status this morning after reaching a level of comfort roads had been opened and most residents had electricity and water services restored.

The town called the state of emergency Tuesday as it was being whalloped by Hurricane Igor.

“It’s the worst storm this town has ever seen,” Rodway said this morning, noting there are signs of destruction on every street.

He said town crews worked throughout the night to re-open all roads, with the exception of the Lower Shoal Harbour Bridge.

It remains closed due, but there is access to that area of town through the highway.

Rodway acknowledged there are some residents still without power and water, and that a handful of people are being asked to vacate their homes due to the undermining of the ground beneath their properties.

He said about 50 residents stayed at an emergency shelter last night and he expected that service would remain in available throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the town has also issued a boil water warning for residents between Cormack Drive and the Trans Canada Highway (TCH).

The alert includes all businesses on the TCH.

 

• Meantime, Premier Danny Williams and Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and acting Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness, are touring areas within Newfoundland and Labrador hardest hit by hurricane Igor to assess the scope of damage.

 

• Hurricane Igor began impacting Newfoundland late Monday night into Tuesday morning with heavy rain and strong winds as it approached the region from the southwest.

Here are some unofficial storm totals from this system according to Environment Canada:

Total rainfall

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St. Lawrence 239 mm

Bonavista 197 mm (* see note below)

Lethbridge (private station) 174 mm (up to 5 p.m. Tuesday)

St. Pierre 160 mm

St. John's west 134 mm

Gander 124 mm

St. John's airport 120 mm

Brownsdale (private station) 104 mm (up to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday)

Port union (private station) 79 mm (up to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday)

Bay d'Espoir (private station) 76 mm (up to 4 p.m. Tuesday)

Cape Race 51 mm (** see note below)

Burgeo 41 mm

 

* stopped reporting rainfall amounts at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday however

significant rainfall still occurred for several hours after.

 

** did not report between 16Z and 20Z on Tuesday as Igor was pulling

away.

 

Peak wind gusts

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Cape pine 172 km/h

Sagona Island 163 km/h

Bonavista 155 km/h

Pool's Island 146 km/h

St. John's airport 137 km/h

Grate's cove 135 km/h

St. Pierre 135 km/h

Argentia 132 km/h

Twillingate 131 km/h

St. Lawrence 124 km/h

St. John's west 120 km/h

Winterland 111 km/h

Englee 111 km/h

Gander 109 km/h

Cape Race 106 km/h

Burgeo 100 km/h

Stephenville 98 km/h

Port aux Basques 95 km/h

St. Anthony 81 km/h

 

• RCMP advise This is to advise residents of Greens Pond to proceed with caution when travelling on the highway through the area due to damaged road conditions.

•  The Department of Government Services advises the public that the Government Service Centres in Clarenville and Marystown have reopened; however, there is no counter service available. An update will be provided at noon.

Organizations: Trans Canada Highway, Premier Danny Williams and Tom Hedderson, Environment Canada Port union RCMP Government Services Government Service Centres

Geographic location: Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Marystown

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