Work crews deployed to eastern Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland today to repair roads, bridges and culverts swept away by torrential rains that hit parts of the region in the past three days.
In Nova Scotia, nearly 30 roads and bridges were closed by the time the rain stopped Wednesday.
Most damage was reported in Antigonish County in northeastern Nova Scotia, and in Victoria and Inverness counties in northern Cape Breton.
Some communities along Cape Breton’s northeast coast were inundated with over 200 millimeters of rain and several washouts forced the scenic Cabot Trail to the top of the island to close.
In the Port aux Basques area of southwestern Newfoundland, repairs are underway on many roads, including the Trans-Canada Highway, and a helicopter was used Wednesday to rescue some trapped residents.
With the closure of the main road to Port aux Basques, the crown corporation that operates the ferry service to the city from Nova Scotia today announced that it will temporarily reorient the crossing to Argentia, in the east of Newfoundland, so people and supplies can reach the province.
—The Canadian Press