A mudslide near Margaree Forks, Cape Breton, has covered a portion of the Cabot Trail with mud and debris, closing one lane.

With more rain in the forecast, students have been sent home early from school.

Students at the Cape Breton Highland Education Centre/Academy were sent home at 12:45 p.m.

Pam Menchenton, a spokeswoman for the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said yesterday's warmer temperatures accelerated the thawing and the melt around the Cabot Trail. 

"Nova Scotia Power crews needed to be called out to the site because the force of the vegetation that came down with the mud, the trees and other vegetation pushed over the power poles," she said.


A stretch of road near Margaree Folks is down to one lane due to this landslide. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)

Power was temporarily turned off to allow people to safely clean up the mess. The road is down to one lane for about 140 metres.