January 20th, 2018

Rains drench Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, outages and homes evacuated

By The Canadian Press on January 13, 2018.

HALIFAX – Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, leaving more than 20,000 Maritimers without power and leading some people in southwest New Brunswick to evacuate their homes.

Environment Canada says a low-pressure system will slowly track across the East Coast today, bringing up to 50 millimetres of rainfall to parts of southwestern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland’s south coast.

The weather agency says the frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb the deluge, which, combined with unseasonably mild temperatures in parts of Newfoundland, could lead to substantial snowmelt and runoff.

Nova Scotia’s power utility says more than 12,500 customers were without power a little before noon on Saturday, while New Brunswick Power says nearly 10,000 others have been blacked out.

Municipal officials in Sussex, N.B., have advised some residents to evacuate their homes due to the risk of flooding, saying conditions in affected areas have become “unstable.”

In western Newfoundland, RCMP say stretches of the Trans-Canada Highway have been washed out or flooded, and social media users have posted photos of a shed partially submerged in water in Benoit’s Cove.

Environment Canada says plummeting temperatures could cause pooling water to ice over as flash freezes take hold in some areas later in the day.

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