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Month's worth of rain falls over the weekend, floods Newfoundland homes

Flood at Bishop's Falls, NL (Dave Walsh)

Flood at Bishop's Falls, NL (Dave Walsh)

Digital writers

Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 8:28 AM -

Residents in Gander, Newfoundland are being asked to document and photograph flood damage from record rainfall this past weekend. 

Municipal officials say the information will help with insurance claims, and affected homeowners are also asked to file a report with the town. 

An intense low pressure that developed off the U.S. east coast moved over Newfoundland Friday and into Saturday. 

"The system's high moisture level combined with its slow moving track created an ideal situation for heavy rains and high accumulation amounts," Environment Canada says. 

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Total rainfall recorded at Gander International Airport hit 125.6 mm, more rain than what usually falls in an entire month. 

As the town's storm sewer system was overwhelmed on the weekend, streets and basements quickly flooded. 

On Tuesday, much of the Maritimes continued to see wet weather with widespread rainfall amounts exceeding 40 mm, and peaking near 90 mm reported in parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Rain is expected to continue across parts of Atlantic Canada Wednesday before gradually easing by the end of the week.

Rainfall totals

Rainfall totals

With files from The Canadian Press

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