Localized flooding, ice jams prompt road and bridge closures in Nova Scotia
Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:28 AM -
A major winter storm brought a mixed bag of precipitation to the Maritimes on Thursday and has left some Atlantic Canadians digging out of 40+ cm of snow.
In Nova Scotia, the precipitation fell mainly as rain, with upwards of 50 mm recorded in some places.
The onset of heavy rain resulted in some power outages early Thursday, but crews were able to get most customers back online throughout the day.
Officials warned of slick driving conditions Thursday night as temperatures plunged and the risk of a flash freeze set in.
Localized flooding and ice jams were also reported, including in the Shubenacadie area, where a main bridge was closed.
Subenacadie: Mosher Rd on Rte 215, Rhines Creek is flooded. May be several days until it reopens. Check 511 for updates.— NS_TIR (@NS_TIR) March 13, 2014
The more than 20 families who live on the other side of the bridge have been forced to take a lengthy detour because of the closure.
Officials say the detour includes a poorly maintained gravel road with large potholes and ice build up.
According to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, it could be several days before the bridge reopens.
To make matters worse, another system could bring more rain to the region this weekend.
"Cool temperatures are forecast today throughout Atlantic Canada with another system set to move in tonight bringing a messy mix to New Brunswick and rain to Nova Scotia for Saturday," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.
According to Vaswani, this next system will also bring blustery winds to Newfoundland on Sunday with the risk of significant accumulating snow.
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With files from CBC.ca