Flooding destroys roads, bridges across southern N.B.

 

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Kay Road is washed out by flooding in McKees Mills, Kent County, NB, 14 Jan 2018 (91.9 The Bend/Facebook)

Heavy rain and fast melting snow from the weekend storm swelled rivers and streams throughout Southern New Brunswick.

Floodwaters swept away culverts and damaged bridges including the historic covered Bell Bridge which crews say is beyond repair and will be torn down.

Washouts and severe erosion forced the Department of Transportation to close dozens of roads and reduce others to one lane.

Residents have been urged to report storm damage to the provincial Emergency Measures Organization and contact their insurance companies for losses.

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April 2014 – Disappointing start to spring

Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)

Mountain of snow in NE Moncton, 03 April 2014 (Dearing)

Many might be surprised to learn that the average temperature in Greater Moncton in April 2014 was actually slightly above normal which seems odd given the chilly, wet and overall dreary weather.

A lack of sunshine, a lingering snow cover (which didn’t disappear until 18 April) and damp conditions slowed the arrival of spring and felt like a continuation of the severe winter we just had.

Above normal rainfall, a rapid snow melt and ice break up in rivers led to historic flooding in the Sussex region, swept away a covered bridge and washed out roads – many of which are still partially or fully closed weeks later.

APRIL 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport, 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 8.3 C

Average LOW -0.8 C

AVERAGE 3.7 C (0.2 degrees ABOVE the thirty-year average, 1981-2010)

Extreme HIGH 19.9 C (15 Apr)

Extreme LOW -7.1 C (17 Apr)

Rainfall 96.4 mm (30 percent ABOVE normal)

Snowfall 14.4 cm (50 percent BELOW normal)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Historic covered bridge swept away

Cherryvale Bridge, before and after (GNB)

Cherryvale Bridge, before and after (GNB)

Covered bridges have been a storied part of New Brunswick’s history but one was lost on Wednesday.

The power of an ice jam and raging flood waters on the Canaan River swept away the Cherryvale Bridge – an 87-year-old covered crossing.

It is not yet clear when a new bridge will be built or if the provincial Department of Transportation will replace it with another covered bridge.