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Monday, June 27, 2011

Breaking News June 27, 2011

A section of Highway 148 near Luskville, Ont., is now a canyon 18 metres deep, a victim of Friday’s heavy rains. Since the initial cave-in, the canyon has grown wider, with landslides from the edge happening several times. He said it will likely happen again and people should stay clear of the edge by 10 meters on either side. “It could let go any time,” he said. Report from Ottawa Citizen Newspaper


Having lived in this part of the world for some 30 years, I can assure you that I have never ever seen or heard of anything like this happening on a major Ontario highway because of heavy rains. There have been much heavier rains than this in the past and nothing like this has happened. Ontario has some of the best roads in the world, which are very well maintained.  So to try and explain this phenomenon as “a victim of Heavy Rains” is disingenuous, particularly because not too far to the East of Ottawa, sinkholes have become a regular feature in Quebec. As speculated in many past reports, I believe it is only a matter of time before a whole neighborhood or even a town is swallowed up by this rapidly growing and ever more dangerous phenomenon of sinkholes.

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