Heavy rains cause flood­ing in Port aux Basques

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - NEWS - BY ROS­ALYN ROY THE GULF NEWS Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – Road­ways, yards and even base­ments were flooded as Port aux Basques was ham­mered with 53 mil­lime­tres of rain on Satur­day, June 24. Wa­ter pooled so heav­ily at the mall park­ing lot that a large area of it be­came entirely un­us­able.

Trina Al­ley owns a rental prop­erty on Army Hill, which suf­fered wa­ter dam­age despite the steep in­cline on which the house rests.

“The pump in the base­ment couldn’t han­dle all the wa­ter and it started to drain in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion,” said Al­ley. “That’s when it ended up in the base­ment porch.”

Luck­ily the dam­age was mi­nor and Al­ley will only have to re­place some car­pet­ing.

Be­cause it rests on higher ground her own home was spared, but for a while her back­yard re­sem­bled a shal­low pond.

The rain fell so hard and fast at times that storm drains were backed up and ve­hi­cles were forced to ei­ther brave the wa­ter or pull over entirely in sev­eral spots, in­clud­ing one off ramp from the Trans-Canada High­way near the Ho­tel Port aux Basques.

Videos of cars plow­ing through the wa­ter or wa­ter spilling down in­clines onto the road­way were shared to so­cial me­dia, but by sup­per time the rain was re­duced to a driz­zle and drains were fi­nally able to clear the ex­cess wa­ter.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF TRINA AL­LEY

Despite be­ing on top of a hill, Trina Al­ley’s back­yard was re­duced to lit­tle more than a small pond af­ter be­ing del­uged by heavy rains.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF ASHLEY WHITE

A ve­hi­cle plows through a deeply flooded road­way in front of the Ho­tel Port aux Basques on Satur­day, June 24.

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