UPDATE: Heavy rains flood homes in Gander

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UPDATE:

The Gander fire department and the Town have received some 160 calls from residents with flooding issues since last night, according to Gander Mayor Claude Elliott.

“There’s quite a bit of flooding. There’s quite a few calls went to our fire hall. Our public works crew are out. Our water and sewer people are out assessing the damage and helping out where the worst areas are,” Elliott told The Telegram early Saturday morning.

As of lunchtime, the mayor reported that the weather was starting to clear off but crews were still out cleaning out culverts and manholes.

According to an unofficial amount from Environment Canada, 125.6 mm of rain fell by 12:00 p.m. Saturday in Gander.

“That’s more than we had during Igor,” Elliott said. “One time there last evening I looked out my window and you would almost say it was snowing. It was right white. It was like drifting. It was terrible.”

 

Chris Brown who lives on Reid Street in Gander was heading down to his basement after midnight on Saturday.

“I actually went downstairs to put a load of cloths in the dryer...There was water overflowing from the drain.”

The drain was in the floor of his partially finished basement.

“The subfloor is ruined. The laminate flooring in that part is ruined. We also had a bedroom downstairs.”

Some drywall soaked through and his furnace was sitting in about 2.5 inches of water.

“Within 20 minutes it went from a puddle about 4 feet wide to almost a quarter of my basement,” said Brown.

He said he called the town last night just after 1:30 a.m. and was told that they were heading up to the sewage plant to open the gates and relieve some of the backed up pressure.

”When I woke up at 5:30 this morning it was starting to go back down,” he said.

It was Brown’s first year in the house so was the first time he experienced flooding. He knows of other people who had completely finished basements that flooded, as well.

Brown didn’t waste any time calling insurance.

“I got right on the ball with that.”

He called them last night and they sent in a clean-up crew today. He is covered for water damage, though he isn’t sure yet how much the damages amount too.

Mayor Elliott said that no roads in the town had experienced washouts.

The TCH and other highways in the area of Central Newfoundland are a different story, however. The RCMP is advising motorists that due to water buildup, the TCH is reduced to one lane between Gander and Gambo.

A spokesperson with the town of Gambo says that community came through the weather fine with no problems being reported.

Other highways and side-roads in Central Newfoundland are also experiencing flooding according to the RCMP who are advising that motorists use extreme caution when traveling in the area until weather conditions improve.

The Telegram will be providing online updates on the flooding situation in Central Newfoundland throughout the day.

If you have photos of flooding in your area please send them to The Telegram at telegram@thetelegram.com and include your name and location of where the photos were taken.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

 

Earlier story:

The Town of Gander is dealing with quite a few reports of flooding following heavy rains that battered the area overnight.

Gander Mayor Claude Elliott says a number of calls went to the fire hall last night concerning flooded basements.

“There’s quite a bit of flooding. There’s quite a few calls went to our fire hall. Our public works crew are out. Our water and sewer people are out assessing the damage and helping out where the worst areas are.”

Elliott says the areas in around Blackwood Drive and also near the new fire hall seem to be the worst hit but that may change as crews continue assessing the damage.

“It seems like it’s only a couple of areas of town but it’s too early to tell yet.”

Elliott added that the roads in the Town of Gander have held up fine and there are no reports at this time of washouts.

The TCH and other highways in the area of Central Newfoundland are a different story, however. The RCMP is advising motorists that due to water buildup, the TCH is reduced to one lane between Gander and Gambo. The situation will be re-assessed by the Department of Highways and updates will be provided as they become available.

Other highways and sideroads in Central Newfoundland are also experiencing flooding according to the RCMP who are advising that motorists use extreme caution when traveling in the area until weather conditions improve.

A spokesperson with the town of Gambo says that community came through the weather fine with no problems being reported.

The Telegram will be providing online updates on the flooding situation in Central Newfoundland throughout the day.

If you have photos of flooding in your area please send them to The Telegram at telegram@thetelegram.com and include your name and location of where the photos were taken.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

Organizations: RCMP, Department of Highways

Geographic location: Gander, Central Newfoundland, Gambo

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  • keith
    August 31, 2013 - 10:39

    flood pic