12/15/2014 09:04 EST | Updated 02/14/2015 05:59 EST

Highway washout leaves Newfoundland town cut off from rest of province

BURGEO, N.L. - A highway washout has effectively cut off a small community on Newfoundland's south coast.

A town councillor in Burgeo says residents can't travel by road to medical appointments until the section of Route 480 is repaired.

Rick Blagdon says the delivery of mail and groceries into town is also on hold.

The province's Transportation Department says it will provide a helicopter to transport people across the washed-out area beginning early Tuesday until Thursday.

Blagdon says it's not clear whether the washout in the Tilt Brook area was caused by heavy rains or an aging culvert.

But he says it's just the latest in a series of problems with the road, adding that there have been three washouts in the past year.

Burgeo has a population of about 1,500.

(VOCM, The Canadian Press)