Nova Scotia

N.S. emergency officials warn against road travel in Victoria, Inverness counties

An alert issued late Tuesday from the provincial emergency management office states that a number of roads have washed out or are unsafe following heavy rains.

Alert from emergency management office states that a number of roads have washed out or are no longer safe

The Highland Links Golf Course on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Submitted by Sarah Barrington)

Residents of Nova Scotia's Inverness and Victoria counties are being told to avoid road travel until further notice due to heavy rains that have caused flooding in the area.

The provincial emergency management office issued an emergency alert just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

"Due to the severe weather, travel is no longer safe. A number of roads have washed out or are severely damaged," reads the alert.

"RCMP are aware of the situation. Avoid travelling roadways in Inverness and Victoria Counties."

Earlier in the evening, Victoria County declared a state of emergency and asked residents to shelter in place until further notice.

The county made the announcement in a Facebook post posted after 9 p.m.

"Provincial Department of Public Works is currently assessing roads and bridges for safety. Crews are working hard, so please stay home, and let them do their job," the post read.

The emergency alerts comes as heavy rains continue to pour in the area. Parts of the county received 174 millimetres of rain on Tuesday as of 6 p.m.

The province reported several road closures throughout Victoria County due to flooding.

Wet and windy weather moves across Nova Scotia

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Wet and windy weather rolled through Nova Scotia on Tuesday. Antigonish County was one of the hardest hit areas with washed out roads and flooding. The flooding led to the evacuation of a trailer park.

Parks Canada has closed the Cabot Trail from Ingonish to Neils Harbour.

Photos from the area also show the Cape Breton Highland Links golf course flooded out.

No one from Nova Scotia's Department of Public Works was available for comment Tuesday night.