To­tal cost of Thanks­giv­ing storm comes in at $25-mil­lion

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RAN­DELL

GAN­DER, NL – As the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact Hur­ri­cane Har­vey has had on Texas con­tin­ues to un­fold, thoughts of lo­cal storms of­ten come flood­ing back.

Last fall, Hur­ri­cane Matthew – later down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm – struck central New­found­land caus­ing mas­sive dam­age, flood­ing, and road washouts.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­lease by the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment, the to­tal cost of re­pairs was ap­prox­i­mately $25 mil­lion, which in­cluded pro­vin­cial in­fra­struc­ture costs. The de­part­ment re­ceived 244 pri­vate sec­tor claims, with 240 now closed.

The de­part­ment is wait­ing for re­pairs to be com­pleted on the re­main­ing four claims. There were 25 mu­nic­i­pal claims filed and re­pairs are listed as on­go­ing.

At Trans­porta­tion and Works, re­pairs con­tinue. Ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment, over $12 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated for nec­es­sary re­pairs. Work to re­pair sec­tions of Routes 360 and 361 is on­go­ing and ap­prox­i­mately half of the $12 mil­lion has been spent to date. Some projects have been com­pleted, such as repaving and shoul­der work on Her­mitage Road from the Route 360 in­ter­sec­tion to Seal Cove.

Dy­namic Con­struc­tion is cur­rently paving the road cuts as­so­ci­ated with storm dam­age on Route 360 and will be mo­bi­liz­ing to Mill­town next week to con­tinue with paving un­til the work is com­pleted at the end of Septem­ber. Work by Trans­porta­tion and Works will in­clude the road to Mor­risville. Some of the ar­eas of con­cern for res­i­dents that have been re­ported re­cently, such as cul­verts and a bridge within Mor­risville, fall within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Town of Mor­risville.

A sig­nif­i­cant project re­main­ing is the re­pair of Swanger’s Cove bridge. Brook Con­struc­tion has be­gun this work, which will be com­pleted in 2018. While there is still a tem­po­rary bridge in place, the ap­proaches to the tem­po­rary bridge are be­ing paved, which will help im­prove con­di­tions for mo­torists dur­ing the win­ter.

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Re­pairs from dam­ages caused by last year’s storm are still on­go­ing.

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