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Residents digging out after blizzards in parts of Nunavut

What a real Arctic blizzard looks like: Storms in the Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions cancelled flights and created drifts as high as houses.

Storms in the Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions cancelled flights, created huge drifts

Residents in some communities in the Kitikmeot and the Kivalliq regions of Nunavut are digging out after blizzards this week.

In Cambridge Bay, only trace amounts of snow fell, but high winds brought a lot of it into town. The gusts created huge drifts, some as high as houses. The storm cancelled flights, schools and businesses for several days.

Resident Wilf Wilcox says the storm lasted three days and it was lucky there were no power outages. 

"I haven't seen any damages to buildings yet but there's lots of truck canopies with banged-up windows and stuff like that and stuff scattered all over from being blown around," he said.

In Rankin Inlet, a blizzard also grounded flights and shut down the hamlet. When it was over, one observer said Rankin Inlet looked as though it was sprinkled with icing sugar because of all the snow on the buildings and streets.

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