Beaver dam breached near Power Dam Drive

CORNWALL – A torrent of water is rushing next to – and partially on – Power Dam Drive after city workers took out a beaver dam Friday morning.

The roadway, south of Tollgate Road, is down to one lane alternating both south and northbound traffic.

Meanwhile, a section of the parking lot for the offices for Dr. Danny Tombler, have turned into a rushing river.

The dam was breached this morning as a proactive measure to stop flooding west of Power Dam Drive on a portion of the waterfront trail.

Municipal Works Division Manager Bill de Wit told Cornwall Newswatch there’s an upcoming cycling event that will use the bike path and the flooding had to be resolved.

As for any damage to the curbs of Power Dam Drive or Dr. Tombler’s driveway caused by erosion from the rushing water, de Wit said the city will be doing restoration work once the water subsides.


The parking lot for a doctor’s office on Power Dam Drive looks more like a small river on Friday April 21, 2017. A beaver dam was breached in order to stop flooding on the waterfront trail. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)