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Lacking the holiday spirit in the Maritimes

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

December 17, 2010 — A mix of flooding rain and milder temperatures has Maritimers lacking a bit of the holiday spirit.

Flooding in Fredericton puts a damper on the holiday season
Flooding in Fredericton puts a damper on the holiday season

Mild temperatures and a lack of snow are giving Maritimers who are trying to get into the holiday spirit a tough time.

“It doesn't feel very festive here,” says one resident we caught up with. “It actually feels like spring.”

Heavy rains that have drenched the region this week are also giving residents a lot to contend with. Flood victims in New Brunswick have been cleaning out their basements for the past couple of days after nearly 200 mm of rain swamped the area.

“Yeah I'd expect this in the spring, but not on December 14,” says one flood victim in Fredericton. The property damage and devastation is putting a damper on the usual holiday cheer.

Despite the recent soggy weather, there's still a chance for a white Christmas. Be sure to check back early next week to see a long range forecast for the holidays.

Wondering what the winter will bring your way this year? Check out the 2010 / 2011 Winter Outlook.

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