Washout closes section of Northern Peninsula highway
Motorists travelling on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula were getting nowhere fast Thursday after a washout closed a section of the highway.
A combination of rain and spring runoff has wrecked a section of the road near Portland Creek.
The Northern Peninsula highway was closed about 10 kilometres south of Daniel's Harbour, where a culvert was washed out.
CBC's Harry Mesh, one of the motorists stuck in the area, said Department of Transportation and Works crews were still trying to determine the best course of action.
"The problem they're having is there's so much water still coming down there, and there's so much still to drain off, they're not able to do conventional repairs," he said.
Mesh said the latest plan he heard was to put a temporary culvert in place to allow traffic to pass, but he said it's still going to be several hours before motorists will be able to get through.
Government also warned drivers in many parts of central and western Newfoundland to be conscious of high water levels.
Officials had listed the road from Musgrave Harbour to Lumsden as impassable due to a washout.
Travelling from the Trans-Canada Highway to Twillingate, shoulder washouts were reported on Route 345 to Tizzard's Harbour, Route 346 to Too Good Arm Road, and Route 364-13 to Cobb's Arm.
Water was also reportedly washing over Greenspond Road in the Black Brook area, with shoulders of the road in danger of eroding.