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Spring water run-off caused 'drainage failure,' township road washout

Posted April 9, 2014

The thaw of winter overwhelmed a cross culvert yesterday afternoon on Conc. 5 Adjala-Tosorontio between Hwy 89 and 30 Sideroad, washing out the road base, forcing its closure for emergency repairs.

The Township's Public Works Superindent Jim Moss explained this morning via email the damage was caused by "drainage failure."

"The volume of water running through this location late yesterday afternoon at the height of the snow melt was going to make the repair and replacement of the cross culvert at that time
extremely difficult," wrote Mr. Moss. "In the interest of public safety I had decided to close the road in that section overnight."

He said emergency services were notified and worked out access scenarios for best response times if required.

"The flow of water was greatly reduced this morning and our Public Works crew has already begun the repair work after receiving emergency service locates for underground utilities. I expect that the replacement and repairs should be completed around noon today," said Mr. Moss. "The worst part was the level of water at the time and being able to efficiently work around the water. Now that it is currently down to a trickle this morning the repair is a very straight forward cross culvert replacement. The Public Works crew does a number of these replacements every year through our normal operations and maintenance."

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