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TCH Washout, Near Port Aux Basques -RCMP Photo

Torrential rains washout portions of Trans-Canada Highway in western Newfoundland

The department has reported washouts at four locations across the Trans-Canada Highway, along with roads in the Codroy Valley, Channel-Port aux Basques and the surrounding area.

“This is not a 48-hour fix,” said Transportation Minister Elvis Loveless at an afternoon media conference. “This is a big storm. We know that. But our crews are ready.”

Environment Canada is forecasting another 100 mm of rain today (September 24) in addition to what has already fallen. Rainfall amounts may reach 200 mm in higher elevations by midnight tonight. Strong winds continue with gusts to 100 km/hr in the Wreckhouse area.

Current road closures include:

  • Trans-Canada Highway five kilometres southwest of Doyles intersection, both lanes are washed out.
  • Trans-Canada Highway 16 kilometres southwest of Doyles intersection, one lane washed out.
  • Trans-Canada Highway 25 kilometres northwest of Port aux Basques.
  • Route 406-11, Doyles Station Road, an alternate route is available.
  • Route 413-01, St. Andrews Road, an alternative route is available.
  • Loch Lomond Road, one lane is closed.
  • Upper Ferry Road, one lane is closed.

Newfoundland Ferries likely redirected until Trans-Canada Highway repaired.

The province is also working with Marine Atlantic, which operates the ferry — a vital link bringing food and other supplies into Port aux Basques — to ensure a safe return to operations.

Furey said Marine Atlantic does have a contingency plan involving the ferry port in Argentia, and a decision to divert supplies to the port could be made if needed.

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