Heavy rain hits P.E.I., leave students scrambling to get to class

Holland College student Tyler Jay gives his classmate, Toni Geary, a piggyback ride across the street on Sept. 22. Grafton Street was one of the roads hit by flooding after a heavy rainfall the night before. Sarah Seeley photo
Holland College student Tyler Jay gives his classmate, Toni Geary, a piggyback ride across the street on Sept. 22. Grafton Street was one of the roads hit by flooding after a heavy rainfall the night before. Sarah Seeley photo
By Sarah Seeley
Sept. 22, 2014

Holland College student Toni Geary had a problem when she and classmate Tyler Jay arrived at school on Sept. 22.
Grafton Street was a wading pool.
“We’ve been driving around for 20 minutes and we couldn’t find a place to park. I’ve never seen it flooded like this before.”
The students drove from Summerside to get to their class on the Prince of Wales campus in Charlottetown.
“The roads weren’t even close to being like this on the way over here. It was just raining a little bit,” said Geary.
She had trouble crossing the flooded street, so Jay gave her a piggyback ride to the other side.
Students were taking off their shoes and wading through the water on the sidewalk near Glendenning Hall.
Linda Libby, a meteorologist from Environment Canada, said 79.2 mm of rain fell in Charlottetown overnight through 9 a.m. North Cape received 33.8 mm, Summerside had 30.9 mm and East Point recorded 63.8 mm.
The rainfall was caused by a low-pressure system that developed in Florida and moved north through Quebec.
The UPEI chaplaincy centre was closed for the day because of minor flooding. UPEI communications officer Sheila Kerry said there was about half an inch of water on the floor, but because of the tile flooring, the damage was minimal.
“The closure was more in an effort to quickly clean up the little water that did get in and all should be good,” Kerry said in an email.
All of the centre’s events and activities were cancelled, but it was to reopen the next day.
Charlottetown public works manager Paul Johnston said some low-lying areas in Charlottetown were flooded after the heavy rain.
“The sewer systems can’t take that amount of water, so it spills out over the road. We haven’t had rain like that for a while.”
There were washouts on the shoulders of several roads, but no major damage was reported, he said.
“There was some damage to the shoulders, but nothing of significant volume or matter. The road closures are intermittent, but there were no indefinite closures.”

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