11: 54 a.m., May 20)
rains close Cumberland ferry, threaten landslides in Chateauneuf
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Note: This is a revised version of the original story
which mistakeningly placed Turnberry Road in Chatelaine
Village when, in fact, it is located in Cahteauneuf.)
rains and rising flood waters continued to wreck havoc
in the east end on Friday, forcing the suspension of the
Cumberland/Masson ferry service and threatening a landslide
along Bilberry Creek in Chateauneuf.
ferry service was suspended at 6 p.m., forcing interprovincial
commuters to try their luck further east at the Rockland
ferry, which unfortunately, had also been suspended due
to the rising, fast-moving water.
flood waters have forced the closer of Morin
Road and Boise Lane in Cumberland. Fred Sherwin/Photo
to Orléans, the Petrie Island causeway has become
completely submerged, cutting off the Oziles Marina and
Tackle Shop from the rest of the world.
Orléans and Rockland, flooding is threatening homes
on Leo Lane, Boise Lane, and Hwy. 17 east of Canaan Road.
rains have also forced the evacuation of a trio of homes
on Turnberry Road in Chateauneuf which back onto Bilberry
officials had to ordered the residents out of their homes
after a section of the embankment along Bilberry Creek
collapsed into the river. The erosion and landslides started
in mid-April and worsened more recently as the heavy rain
fall saturated the Leda clay soil.
none of the homes have suffered any damage, the land gave
way just metres from their property lines.
crews have been working all week, cutting down trees along
the embankment to reduce any further threat. Whether or
not their efforts will do the trick, only time and Mother
Nature will tell.
five day forecast is calling for continued rain straight
through until Wednesday, with severe rain predicted for
Saturday and Sunday.
temporary sign signals the closure of the
Petrie Island causeway. Fred Sherwin/Photo
flood waters forced the temporary closure
of the Cumberland/Masson ferry during the
Friday afternoon rush hour. Fred Sherwin/Photo
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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