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Heavy rain prompts flood warnings in the Maritimes

Some streets already flooded in Sherbrooke, NS
Some streets already flooded in Sherbrooke, NS

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

March 11, 2011 — Up to 45 mm of rain could fall in parts of the Maritimes Saturday and that has authorities on alert for potential flooding.

Heavy rain expected through Saturday
Heavy rain expected through Saturday

The same system that has been blasting Ontario and Quebec with a messy mix continued to track east into the Maritimes on Friday.

“Unlike Ontario, which saw messy conditions for several days on end, the system will move quickly through the Maritimes,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “By the evening hours on Saturday, most of the wet weather will have continued to move out of the region.”

Although the storm is a fast mover, it will still leave its mark on several areas. Rainfall warnings were issued for parts of southern New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia Friday, with up to 45 mm possible through Saturday.

As a result, residents in low-lying areas have been warned about the potential for flooding. Authorities say that the milder temperatures and heavy rain are the perfect ingredients for water levels to rise rapidly. Areas where drainage systems have been blocked by snow or ice could face some localized flooding.

Be sure to tune in to The Weather Network on TV to keep up-to-date on all of the details of this storm. You can also get updates to your phone to help prepare for the stormy weather.

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