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Heavy rains drench the Maritimes

Matt Casey, staff writer

December 15, 2010 — Maritimers continue to deal with the aftermath of flooding as colder temperatures move in.

Intense flooding makes it look more like early Spring than December.
Intense flooding makes it look more like early Spring than December.

The intense storm might be moving out of the Maritimes, but the effects of flooding are still being felt by many. The rain began falling on Monday bringing 106 mm of rain to the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick and an impressive 174 mm came down in St. Stephen. Not to be outdone, Sydney, Nova Scotia has seen about 128 mm and the rain continues to fall there.

All of the heavy rain has lead to flooded basements and increased water levels in many rivers. With temperatures now starting to cool down below the freezing mark, some home owners with soaked basements are concerned. New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization says while colder temperatures are good for slowing the possible overflow of water from swollen rivers, they are not good for residents with flooded basements.

Fredericton area resident Joey Lint says he is preparing his home before anything freezes.

I took everything out last night, the washer and dryer and the furnace to try to prepare. But you are never prepared.

Flooding wasn't the only thing that this storm brought to the region.

Parts of the Maritimes have been soaked.
Parts of the Maritimes have been soaked.

Intense gusty winds also caused power outages. At the height of the storm as many as 85,000 people in Nova Scotia were knocked off the grid. The winds damaged a senior's residence in Windsor, Nova Scotia forcing the evacuation of 13 people.

Travel in the region was also affected when restrictions were put into place on the Confederation Bridge. Ferry service was disrupted between southern Newfoundland and Nova Scotia as well. In New Brunswick Highway 105 through Jemseg and Maugerville had to be closed on Tuesday because of water on the road.

This same system impacted a large part of eastern Canada and the United States, bringing snow and freezing rain to parts of Ontario and Quebec. The storm also caused blizzard-like conditions in the U.S. Midwest.

To stay up-to-date on current weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast.You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison, Beverley Ann D'Cruz and Andrea Stockton

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