Rain has caused flooding in parts of the province, forcing more than 20 families in the Shubenacadie area to take a lengthy detour on a dangerous road.  

A winter blast that swept across the Maritimes Thursday, burying parts of New Brunswick and P.E.I., soaked Nova Scotia

A bridge spanning Rines Creek near Shubenacadie has been closed because the rain and ice has put one side of the road leading to the bridge under water.

The more than 20 families who live on the other side of the bridge must now take a 16-kilometre round-trip detour on a poorly maintained gravel road to get to and from the main road. The gravel road is in bad shape with large potholes, exposed culverts and ice build up.  

Kevin Sutherland and his family have lived in Rines Creek for 28 years. His house is closest to the bridge.

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Some of the ice chunks that have washed up on the road are about 20 centimetres thick. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Sutherland attempted to cross the ice jam on the creek to speak with CBC News but it wasn’t safe so he turned back. Instead he called from the other side.

"The water is very high and what amazes me is that little bridge has been withstanding this for all these years. But this is one of the worst ice break ups I've seen," he said.

The latest storm has made a bad situation much worse and the water is continuing to rise. The ice is causing the biggest problem. Some of the ice chunks that have washed up on the road are about 20 centimetres thick.

"It's going to be quite a while before they come in here and take the ice out of here. Of course the water levels will have to drop down first," said Sutherland.

He has contacted his MLA and he's hoping some work will be done to improve the road. Sutherland is worried if the work isn't done soon, the bridge will be in jeopardy.

“The road is way too low here. There has to be some infrastructure built up, some culverts put across and, like I say about the bridge, all the abutments are starting to get exposed and the posts for the guardrails are falling down into the river,” said Sutherland.