Lisa Varano, staff writer
November 8, 2010 — Days of heavy rain the Maritimes have flooded parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, causing road closures and evacuations.
A front is stuck over the Gulf of St. Lawrence and that means even more rain for the Maritimes through Tuesday morning.
Rainfall warnings have been in place in all three Maritime provinces. But Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have seen the heaviest rainfall totals -- from 100 mm to at least 200 mm. Another 30 to 40 mm of rain is still in the forecast through Tuesday.
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency. In just four days -- from Thursday to Sunday -- it received about 200 mm of rain. That's twice as much rain as it got over the entire month of November last year, says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
Homes were evacuated near Lake Vaughan and Raynards Lake in the Yarmouth area, and in Lequille, near Annapolis Royal. Emergency officials in Nova Scotia warned people to stay away from swollen riverbanks as the water was quickly rising.
The largest number of road closures in Nova Scotia was in Yarmouth County. Several roads were also closed in New Brunswick because of flooding. The Weather Network's Maritime reporter, Shelley Steeves, drove around Moncton on Sunday to observe the damage. “It's just an absolute deluge here,” she says.
Leaves and other debris blocked catch basins and flooded roads and basements.
“They're having to barricade off some of the roads. Some of the cars are opting to drive through the water, which emergency officials say is not a good idea. They're asking people to avoid doing that because you don't know how deep the water is and there could be debris under the roads,” Steeves says.
A Moncton caller to our Stormline (1-800-463-9463) says there were pools of water and sinkholes on the streets.
Powerful winds lashed parts of Atlantic Canada on Friday. In New Brunswick, thousands of customers lost power, and air travel was disrupted.
Newfoundland also felt strong winds, but it has been milder than the Maritime provinces. Daily temperature records were broken in several places in Newfoundland on Saturday, including Deer Lake (18.9°C), Rocky Harbour (17.5°C) and Corner Brook (16.9°C).
With files from Jill Colton and Lyndsay Morrison