Hurricane Matthew Damage Total in NL

Posted by on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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The numbers are in from the damage caused by what was Hurricane Matthew.

Minister of Municipal Affairs, Eddie Joyce, announced in the House of Assembly that the total estimated costs for municipal infrastructure damages are between $6 million and $7 million. 

The Department of Municipal Affairs has received 145 private sector claims which include individual claims, small business, and not-for-profit. All of these claims are being processed by the Disaster Financial Assistance division.

The province continues to work closely with the Federal Government to ensure all necessary federal approvals are in place to access federal funding.

The system, along with a frontal zone gave heavy rain and strong winds in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland from October 10 to 11.

In some areas, there were rainfall amounts of 100 to 200 mm in the central, southern and western areas.

The rain caused numerous landslides and swollen rivers cut roads. The state of emergency was declared in Lewisporte, St. Alban's and Little Burnt Bay.

The town of St. Alban's was cut off from the surrounding communities when the main bridge in town was carried by the waters and a nearby community provided a boat to transport people to St. Alban's and out of the community.

The highway to Burgeo, on the south coast of Newfoundland, was also flooded and had to be closed.

The winds of over 90 km/h also caused many fallen trees and electric power outages. The official maximum winds were recorded in Port aux Basques at 128 km/h.

The Team

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