Total cost of Thanksgiving storm comes in at $25-million
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.
Repairs from damages caused by last year’s storm are still ongoing.