“I seen some people tempting fate and driving through about two and a half feet of water”

By Mitchell Peters
Sept. 22, 2014

Dustin Gill was on his way to get his car on Sept. 22, it parked up the road away from the flooding. It looked very deep, but you could tell it had been much deeper. The water level was going down quickly.
“The water is also pretty bad up on Kent street by the park,” he said as he stood looking out over the water on the corner of Edward and Grafton streets with his camera phone out. “I seen some people tempting fate and driving through about two and a half feet of water and I also seen a lot of rubbernecks poking around.”
The water was almost waist deep earlier in the morning, and began the night before, he said.
Paul Johnston works for the public works department in Charlottetown. The drains were not meant to withstand that much rain,” he said.
“Earlier this week we had significant rainfall, our drains can only hold a moderate amount of water. When it gets full, it blocks the streets and it’s not safe for vehicles to be driving through.”
Once it drains, people can drive through again, he said.
The city does do seasonal work to the roads and has a regular schedule to assess the roads for repair.
“We do an annual or biannual inspection for possible defects. We put that into an Excel spreadsheet and run a program that gives us a rating from one to 10. Then all of the roads are put into a list and rated worst to best. Then we go from there.”
“We try to resurface the worst roads and patch the ones that aren’t resurfaced.”