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Heavy rainfall warning brings flooding fears

Flooding could be a major problem again for some areas of the HalifaxRegional Municipality with heavy rains forecast today after beingscheduled to begin overnight.

Flooding could be a major problem again for some areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality with heavy rains forecast today after being scheduled to begin overnight.

A heavy rainfall warning was issued yesterday by Environment Canada with between 25 and 40 millimeters of rain expected along the Atlantic coast, and lesser amounts inland.

With river levels already high from heavy rains and melting snow late last week, the possibility of localized flooding in low-lying areas is high.

The provincial government’s Emergency Management Office issued a warning yesterday for residents to urge caution in preparing for flooding, and the cleanup afterwards.

“If we get the numbers they’re talking about, it could certainly cause some problems,” said Steve Smith of the province’s transportation department.

On Saturday, residents in and around Davis Drive in Beaver Bank awoke to flooding caused from rain, melting snow and a beaver dam. Roads in Beaver Bank, Enfield, Oakfield and Hantsport were also damaged. Flooding was also reported in several other parts of the province.

 
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