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Maritimes dry out after floods

Ponhook Lake, NS rose significantly
Ponhook Lake, NS rose significantly

Lisa Varano, staff writer

November 15, 2010 — A break from the wet weather allows southwestern Nova Scotia to clean up from its worst floods in years. But rain makes a comeback this week.

This home suddenly became a waterfront property
This home suddenly became a waterfront property

Most evacuees returned home and many states of emergency ended as water levels dropped in flooded southwestern Nova Scotia.

That was one of the areas seriously damaged by days of record-breaking rainfall in the Maritimes. There is so much destruction that it almost looks like a hurricane hit.

The Maritime provinces had a chance to dry off, clean up and begin recovering over the past few days.

Areas that had declared states of emergency are slowly returning to normal. The Raynardton area in Yarmouth County ended its state of emergency on Saturday morning.

But, not far away, some families in the East Kemptville and Belleville areas remain isolated because bridges were washed out on side roads. Emergency officials are prepared to deliver supplies by boat if necessary.

Water level reaches bridge
Water level reaches bridge

Flood officials were worried about dams in the area, including the Vaughn Lake Dam on the Tusket river. However, the dams held up.

About an hour away, in Barrington, a state of emergency is expected to last until Monday.

Parts of New Brunswick, particularly along the Bay of Fundy shores, are also gradually getting back to normal. A boil water order was lifted in Hillsborough, but people across the Maritimes have been told to test water from wells.

People in these parts of the Maritimes are also urged to be especially cautious on the roads as inspections and repairs continue.

There is a risk that this week could bring heavy rain to the region once again. 'The Maritimes have a dry start to the week on Monday, and then some showers will move through on Tuesday. A low pressure system will move in on Wednesday and bring steadier rain for the middle to end of the week,' says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

For more information on the incoming rain, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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