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Rain warning NS flood-damaged areas continue to recover like a blanket

NS flood-damaged areas

Key Takeaways:

  • Some communities are still cleaning up and repairing damage caused by the storm last week.
  • Much of Nova Scotia is mentally preparing for more heavy rain as communities rebuild and repair washed-out bridges and roads damaged by last week’s deluge.

Environment Canada has appeared rainfall warnings for Antigonish County, Guysborough County, and Cape Breton Island, with 30 to 50 millimeters expected to fall through Monday night.

“Unfortunately, the heaviest rain is expected to fall throughout the eastern mainland and Cape Breton by Tuesday morning, with local amounts exceeding 50 mm,” meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said.

A particular weather statement has been issued for areas of Nova Scotia along the Atlantic coast, from Queens County eastward, and northern Nova Scotia, with total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm predicted by Tuesday. Rain will begin in the west early Monday morning and spread eastward.

“As the rain moves in on Monday morning, there is a chance for a few hours of snow in the Colchester/Cumberland regions, particularly in higher terrain areas where we might see five to ten centimeters,” Snoddon added.

“Inland portions of Nova Scotia, primarily over central sections, are also at risk of a few hours of freezing rain.” In addition to the rain, Environment Canada has declared a wind warning for Inverness County, with wind gusts of up to 120 km/h forecast early Monday evening until near midnight.

The start of the lobster fishing season in southwestern Nova Scotia has also been postponed due to the weather. The largest and most profitable lobster fishery in Canada was scheduled to begin Monday morning. Still, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it would talk with fishers Monday afternoon to see if conditions are favorable to start Tuesday.

Source: CBC News

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