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The city of Corner Brook, located on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, has declared a state of emergency on Saturday.
Halifax — powerful winds and torrential downpours have hit the Maritimes, causing widespread flooding in some areas.
Two municipalities of Newfoundland and Labrador have declared a state of emergency.
Environment Canada said a low pressure system worked its way slowly across the east of the country, flowing at the passage of heavy rainfall.
In the south of New Brunswick, the precipitation exceeded 50 mm in some locations. Sectors have even reported precipitation of over 100 millimeters. The south-west of Nova Scotia and the south coast of Newfoundland should also receive up to 50 millimetres of rain.
According to Environment Canada, the capacity of frozen soils to absorb such floods is reduced. This phenomenon, combined with a warming, abnormal temperatures, can rapidly melt the snow and cause a spill.
The mayor of Corner Brook said Saturday afternoon the state of emergency. Torrential rains and melting snow have caused damage to infrastructure and saturated the municipal system of drainage.
The town of Humber Arm South announced Saturday evening that it had decreed a state of emergency. A contingency plan was put in place.
The ministry of Transport and public Works of the province has indicated that several roads flooded have been closed to traffic. Some of the ditches were blocked, lanes had lost their security fence or asphalt. For example : the Trans-canada highway is closed west of Hampden Junction because of subsidence.
To 19 h (local time), more than 20 000 customers were without power throughout the Maritimes, with 1800 in Nova Scotia, and 5,300 in New Brunswick.
Roads have also been damaged in New Brunswick. Elsewhere in the province, the wind took away the roof of some houses.
Several water courses were threatening to spill over into this province.