Barrie – A devastating rain storm that shook Atlantic Canada has washed away roads and flooded along the west coasts of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Efforts are underway to assess damage and reopen important transport routes in some areas, although officials say clearing up from the storm could take weeks.
Take a closer look at what’s happening.
port aux basque
Residents and officials of Port aux Basques, NL, are concerned about a lack of supplies after heavy rains washed away important transportation routes.
The mayor of the small town, Brian Button, told Granthshala’s Your Morning that four separate washouts have been reported on the Trans-Canada Highway.
He said provincial officials were yet to visit the city to assess the damage because the weather had “not allowed enough.”
“But from a conference call it looks like everyone will be on the field this morning,” he said.
Button said the biggest concern currently is access to health care.
He said that Port aux Basque relies heavily on Corner Brook – a large city in the area – for many medical services.
However, as roads are flooded, Button said those services may be difficult to access.
“But, we have been assured by the authorities that things are being taken care of at that end, and we don’t have to worry about things over there,” he said.
Button said he is also concerned that the city may have problems obtaining other supplies as well, and urged residents not to overstock or hoard goods.
“Get what you need and we hope we get here.”
Environment Canada said in a tweet on Thursday that the city had received 165.1 mm of rain in the past two days.
“This sets an all-time record for the highest rainfall in a two-day period for a southwest coast city,” the tweet read.
Button said once the assessment is complete and the damage can be assessed, officials will draw up a recovery and cleanup plan.
“Until that happens, we really won’t know, and we have no idea how we’re really going to get all of this into motion right now,” he said.
some ferry service restored
Meanwhile, preparations are also underway to temporarily restart the Argentina-North Sydney ferry.
one in Press release Released Thursday morning, Marine Atlantic said the resumption of ferry service would help provide the province with a sea link for the transport of both people and “critical supplies”.
“Following the request of the Provincial Government, Marine Atlantic has implemented its contingency plan for the temporary resumption of Argentine ferry service,” the notice reads.
The first sailing program between North Sydney, NS and Argentina, NL is scheduled to depart at 5 p.m. Atlantic time on Thursday, the company said.
Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia, heavy rain caused damage and washouts in Victoria, Antigonish and Inverness counties.
Speaking to Granthshala’s Your Morning on Thursday, Jason Mew, director of incident management at Nova Scotia’s Office of Emergency Management, said crews were working to assess damage to “several dozen roads” and at least five bridges. are.
They will be reopened as soon as possible once they are safe, he said.
Mew said provincial officials are in touch with municipalities to determine if support is needed and where.
“Right now the provincial coordination center is active,” he explained. “That’s what we do at the provincial level, we coordinate the overall government response to these types of emergencies.”
According to Meo, “some people” have been taken out of their homes.
“At present they are being taken care of,” he said.
Maeve said their homes are being evaluated by employees and insurance companies to determine when it will be safe for them to return.
The province is also working with Environment Canada, Mayo said, as they wait for water levels to drop to ensure work can be done safely.
“We got a lot of rain, up to 280 mm in some places,” he said. “So public works and many different departments that are trying to do some assessment of this damage, it’s just to be able to get out there and do that inspection safely without endangering some of the employees doing that work.” Is.”
Meo said that his biggest concern right now is to reopen the roadways.
“A lot of the roads that have been washed away, we have another way of commuting,” he said. “But it’s always good to have the main roads open as soon as possible, just in case someone needs to get somewhere quickly.”
a County-wide state of emergency lifted in Victoria on Wednesday afternoon, but officials said residents should only travel when necessary.
‘Standing by’ for help
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his support to Atlantic Canada.
“I know it’s not easy going through this and I know you’re worried,” he wrote. “We’ve got your back – and we stand by to provide any help you and your community can get. Please, stay safe.”