Significant flooding hits Halifax area for second time in weeks

Heavy rainfall resulted in significant flash flooding, road closures and power outages in the Halifax, N.S., area Saturday, making for a disastrous start to the holiday long weekend

This wasn't the start to the long weekend Nova Scotia residents were hoping for.

Halifax, N.S., was once again hit with significant flooding, just two weeks after the catastrophic event that resulted in several deaths.

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An area of heavy showers and thundershowers moved into the region and province Friday overnight and early Saturday morning, impacting several communities, with the Halifax area having been hit the hardest.

"All of this flooding is thanks to a cold front, which [made] its way into Atlantic Canada," said Rhythm Reet, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "A warm air mass from the Gulf of Mexico has brought ample amounts of moisture, which the cold front is tapping into to produce heavy rainfall."


Rainfall rates in excess of 30 mm per hour were observed, which led to flooding in many low-lying areas, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). There were eports of total rainfall amounts of 90-130 mm.

In fact, this was the most rainfall in a single day at Shearwater, N.S., airport since Aug. 15, 1971.

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CBC cited a release from Halifax Regional Police that stated the Bedford Highway between Flamingo and Bayview drives was closed to all traffic for about two hours because of heavy rain and flooding.

There were reports of flooding on Wyse Road and Faulkland Street in Dartmouth, N.S., as well.

The municipality said on social media that heavy rain would affect ditches, roads and other infrastructure still being repaired from the previous flooding. Residents were asked to exercise extreme caution on the roads impacted by the rainfall, and told to expect delays.


At one point, there was almost 10,000 people without power during the intense rainfall, according to Nova Scotia Power.

The good news is, unlike the historic, deadly flooding two weeks ago, the system wasn't stationary, limiting more rainfall and flooding impacts in the Halifax region.

Below is just a selection of visuals making the rounds on social media.

WATCH: Manholes explode with floodwater in Halifax in another round of torrential rain

With files from CBC.

Thumbnail courtesy of Stephanie Pelley/Twitter, taken in Halifax, N.S.