Damaging winds and heavy rains cause flooding and power outages in Nova Scotia
Some areas could see 60 millimetres of rain, Environment Canada warns of flooding
High winds and heavy rains pounded the province on Monday, flooding streets, damaging buildings and knocking out power in a handful of areas.
The town of Antigonish, N.S., was swamped with heavy rains that caused a river in the town to breach its banks and flood backyards, parking lots and playgrounds.
The water flowed through parts of the town, including Columbus Field, the area around the St. Andrews Street Bridge and the parking lot behind Main Street, which flooded and froze on Friday, according to Antigonish mayor Laurie Boucher.
"Right now the water is from the brook all the way up to the buildings again. You can't get through with a car or any kind of a vehicle," she said. "It's overflowing the bank, coming in through the parking lot and going back out into the brook again in another parking lot down on Church Street."
Town crews were out blocking both foot and passenger traffic to areas that have flooded. They've also contacted people whose homes and businesses may have been at risk.
Traffic was congested in and around Main Street due to the flooding, said Boucher. Since no cars are allowed in the parking lot behind Main Street, people have to hunt down another place to put their cars. Cars also can't get down Church Street past St. Ninian Street because of the floodwaters.
Earlier this morning much of the province was under a rainfall warning, with up to 45 millimetres expected. Some areas of eastern Nova Scotia were expecting to see up to 60 millimetres, according to Environment Canada.
Rainfall warnings were in place for most counties east of Halifax on Monday afternoon, but those warnings were lifted later in the day.
Environment Canada said flooding is possible in low-lying areas and heavy downpours could cause flash flooding or lead to water pooling on roads.
High winds also damaged Nova Scotia Power's overhead equipment, knocking out electricity to more than 3,000 Nova Scotia Power customers.
There were wind warnings in many parts of Nova Scotia on Monday afternoon, with winds gusting to 90 km/h.
Those high winds blew off sections of roof at The Maritime Conservatory of Music on Chebucto Road in Halifax.
People in the area said repairs to the roof were done only a few months ago.