'I haven't cried this much in a few years:' Western Newfoundland still reeling from weekend flooding
Helicopter service begins Tuesday to transport people stranded in their towns due to washouts and floods
Tanya Pike stands just in front of a pile of uprooted mud and earth taller than she is in Benoit's Cove.
It had all slid down the bank of land behind her mother's garage on Sunday night, with force enough to push her mother's car — a Honda CRV — right through the garage's front door.
"I haven't cried this much in a few years," she said.
The call about the landslide came at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, after a weekend of flooding and washouts devastated many towns on the west side of the island.
The most heavily affected area spreads from Lark Harbour, where a crater said to be about 60 feet across and 15 feet deep has opened up in the road; to Hampton Junction through Corner Brook, where heavy floods prompted officials to call a state of emergency; and to Trout River, where some residents were on an evacuation order until Monday evening.
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Many towns along Route 450, which heads west from Corner Brook along the Bay of Islands, were under states of emergency until Monday afternoon. Frenchman's Cove remained under a state of emergency Monday evening from the Bayview Club to Rattler Brook.
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Route 450 itself is closed west from John's Beach due to several washouts.
Air services will be provided for people stranded by the road closures and washouts, with regular helicopters flying from Lark Harbour to Benoit's Cove beginning Tuesday.
'It's pretty devastating'
Pike, her family, and some friends spent Sunday taking apart the garage door to get the car out and salvaging what contents they could — the snow blower is safe and so are Hackett's winter tires.
"Aside from that everything is buried," she said. "It's pretty devastating."
They also spent the day moving piles upon piles of the uprooted earth out of her mother's driveway before the cold temperatures set in and the mud froze up.
They did it all by hand — the backhoes in the area were busy tending to emergency situations caused by the flooding.
"I will thank God for wonderful friends and family," she said.
"They did all that work. They went looking for tarps. They got everything put back up. If it wasn't for friends and family, I don't know what we would have done."
On Monday afternoon, with the help of a backhoe, they were at it again, digging trenches to get the water away from Hackett's house.
"The water was gushing all through the house and the deck was starting to sink," said Pike. "[We're] trying to divert the water away so there's no more flooding in the basement."
Pike said she's concerned about all the other people in the area who have had their homes damaged by floods, too.
"People have a lot of their property, their belongings, their valuables, things destroyed by this thaw," she said.
"It's very sad."
'No way in, no way out'
Further west in Lark Harbour, residents are trapped in their town because of a massive crater in the road.
Lark Harbour Mayor Melanie Joyce told CBC's On The Go she thought the hole was about 15 feet deep and 60 feet across.
"We're cut off," she said. "There's no way in, there's no way out."
Work on that washout will be minimal, she said, until a road closure at John's Beach is resolved.
There, a deep depression and crack in the pavement runs across the road, and there is a lot of concern about what lies beneath the damage.
A long line of trucks were held up at the spot on Monday afternoon, waiting to head west to Lark Harbour to start work on the washout.
"It's going to be days, absolutely," she said. "It's going to be days."
In the meantime, Joyce said four dialysis patients, a pregnant woman with a scheduled cesarian section and people with medical appointments were flown out of the community in a helicopter Monday.
From floodwaters to an ice rink
In Trout River, life was starting to get back to normal after the town lost power during the worst of the weather and residents along Riverside Drive were under evacuation order. That order was lifted Monday evening.
In Trout River with <a href="https://twitter.com/Jeremy_Eaton?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Jeremy_Eaton</a> meeting people affected by flooding/ snow melt and mudslides. Special coverage tonight on Here & Now. <a href="https://t.co/8gKHQm6Mjn">pic.twitter.com/8gKHQm6Mjn</a>—@AnthonyGermain
Ethan Brake and his brother had to use a rubber dingy to cross the flood waters to get to their home on Sunday.
"It was scary, it was washing out the driveway," he said.
On Monday, after a steep temperature drop, Brake and his brother were skating on the frozen water.
Though the rainfall seems to have peaked, water levels in the Humber River are still rising and officials are still keeping a close watch on the river in case ice upstream releases more water.
CBC's Ryan Snoddon explains it all in the video below.