December 11, 2014
For immediate release
Road closures continue
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Drivers should continue to drive with care as crews work to assess flooded roads and damaged structures such as culverts and bridges, says Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Robert Vessey.
“There is still a lot of water on the roads and crews are working hard to assess the damage,” said the minister. “If you must travel, give yourself enough time to drive slowly and be prepared for detours.”
Officials are assessing the damage. As the water recedes, they will have a better idea of the extent of the damage, timelines for repair, and costs. However initial assessments show some significant damage and it’s anticipated the total cost for repairs will be in the multi-million-dollar range.
The department has already engaged a number of contractors who are prepared to mobilize as soon as the water recedes and repairs can begin. Crews are also monitoring the detour roads to ensure they remain in safe condition, and improvements will be made to them if required.
There are numerous roads reported as flooded or washed out, as well as a number of bridges and culverts. Additional road and structure closures could occur throughout the day.
The majority of problems have been reported in West Prince where the highest rainfall amounts were recorded. However other parts of the province are also experiencing flooding.
The best way to check for road closures is to dial 5-1-1 or visit www.511.gov.pe.ca. This is the department’s information system on road conditions and it is updated regularly.
All drivers should be alert and drive with caution. Hydroplaning can take place on wet roads. When this happens, there is no friction available to brake, accelerate or turn. A gust of wind, a change of road conditions or a slight turn can create an unpredictable and uncontrollable skid.
The best thing to do is to take your foot off the accelerator and let the vehicle slow down.