Deluge from post-tropical storm Earl causes flooding, washes out roads in St. John's

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Several roads have been flooded in and around St. John’s, N.L., as more than 200 millimetres of rain has fallen over parts of the province’s Avalon Peninsula since the weekend.

Environment Canada’s forecast is calling for the heavy rain brought by the passage Saturday of post-tropical storm Earl off the province’s eastern tip to taper off later today, with an additional five to 10 millimetres expected.

Posts to social media show flooding on Waterford Bridge Road in St. John’s, while the city’s bus services have announced several detours.

The city has closed about a dozen sections of streets and roads because of localized flooding and washouts.

Forecasters say rivers and creeks will remain swollen as runoff continues, causing potential flooding in low-lying terrain.

Environment Canada cautions that fast-moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away and is warning residents not to approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 12, 2022.

The Canadian Press