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Locals believe latest Noel’s Pond flooding has largest volume of water


After 47 years of flooding in Noel’s Pond, Junior White of Stephenville believes the volume of water backed up in the community Thursday is the most he’s seen.

The family of White’s wife Linda owns property in the area, which was all mostly underwater once again on Thursday — a recurring theme in the community.

Longtime Noel’s Pond resident Don Cormier agreed after watching a snowmobiler splashing up water along a trail formed from the former railway bed. Cormier said it’s been a long time since he’s seen the water breech the rail bed.

Cormier said in the past it was usually two or three days of rain before this type of flooding occurred. This time it was only one day, although warm winds melting the snow likely helped create the volume of water.

Stephenville businessman Bob Byrnes, who formerly sat on a transportation committee for the Bay St. George area, said the flooding conditions at Noel’s Pond are “ridiculous.”

“It’s time the Department of Transportation and Works started to take this problem seriously,” Byrnes said. “I don’t care what kind of problems this government has inherited from the Progressive Conservatives, we expect nothing more than government fixing this road.”

Byrnes said the proposed Noel’s Pond Bypass would cost just a fraction of the more than $50 million government recently spent on a drawbridge in Placentia.

“We’re soon going to get to the point where that road won’t be able to be used at all,” he said.

Byrnes phoned Stephenville-Port au Port MHA John Finn, who is arranging a meeting with Cyril McCarthy, the Department of Works and Services engineer for western Newfoundland. He said this is the second time representatives from this area will meet with McCarthy.

Byrnes thinks it’s time this new government’s Minister of Works and Services, Al Hawkins, came out to Stephenville and is made aware of the desperate shape of this road, a section of Route 460, which he said is a major link to the hospital in Corner Brook and for businesses in Corner Brook and Stephenville.

He also contacted Premier Dwight Ball’s office in St. John’s and said he was assured by the premier’s executive assistant the office will be in contact with Transportation and Works on the west coast of the province.

“I’m expecting nothing less than work to begin on the Noel’s Pond Bypass this summer,” Byrnes said.

The family of White’s wife Linda owns property in the area, which was all mostly underwater once again on Thursday — a recurring theme in the community.

Longtime Noel’s Pond resident Don Cormier agreed after watching a snowmobiler splashing up water along a trail formed from the former railway bed. Cormier said it’s been a long time since he’s seen the water breech the rail bed.

Cormier said in the past it was usually two or three days of rain before this type of flooding occurred. This time it was only one day, although warm winds melting the snow likely helped create the volume of water.

Stephenville businessman Bob Byrnes, who formerly sat on a transportation committee for the Bay St. George area, said the flooding conditions at Noel’s Pond are “ridiculous.”

“It’s time the Department of Transportation and Works started to take this problem seriously,” Byrnes said. “I don’t care what kind of problems this government has inherited from the Progressive Conservatives, we expect nothing more than government fixing this road.”

Byrnes said the proposed Noel’s Pond Bypass would cost just a fraction of the more than $50 million government recently spent on a drawbridge in Placentia.

“We’re soon going to get to the point where that road won’t be able to be used at all,” he said.

Byrnes phoned Stephenville-Port au Port MHA John Finn, who is arranging a meeting with Cyril McCarthy, the Department of Works and Services engineer for western Newfoundland. He said this is the second time representatives from this area will meet with McCarthy.

Byrnes thinks it’s time this new government’s Minister of Works and Services, Al Hawkins, came out to Stephenville and is made aware of the desperate shape of this road, a section of Route 460, which he said is a major link to the hospital in Corner Brook and for businesses in Corner Brook and Stephenville.

He also contacted Premier Dwight Ball’s office in St. John’s and said he was assured by the premier’s executive assistant the office will be in contact with Transportation and Works on the west coast of the province.

“I’m expecting nothing less than work to begin on the Noel’s Pond Bypass this summer,” Byrnes said.

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