‘Here we go again’: Heavy rain, high winds land in Cape Breton
The expected heavy rains and high winds were cause for a great deal of concern for Cape Breton residents still trying to clean up from the recent flash flooding.
The messy weather began early Saturday morning, quickly pooling along the streets in Sydney.
“Here we go again. Everyone is on ease. You don't know what's going to happen,” said homeowner Felicia Abbass. “They cleared everything, but we weren't supposed to have that weather either.”
More than 220 millimetres of rain fell on the area on Thanksgiving Monday. Abbass is now living out of a suitcase after her home suffered extensive damage.
“My hot tub floated away, garage floated away. It was a detachable, so it fell apart, flipped over,” she said.
Just down the road, bar owner Barkley Haddad is still dealing with renovations from flood damage, not welcoming the news of more stormy weather.
“You look at it and say, ‘Holy crap, it's here again,’” said Haddad. “We're good now and for a long time, at least we better be good for a long time.”
Glace Bay was one of the hardest hit areas with more than 50 per cent of the flooding hitting the town.
Samaritians Purse, a well-known international relief effort, pulled into the region earlier this week and already has 175 work orders.
“We have dozens of volunteers working in the community, but we could use three or four times that number,” said program director Stephen Joudry.
There was heavy rain by late afternoon in Halifax. Some flights at the international airport were delayed.
While the weather may be worrisome for some, those in New Brunswick are welcoming the rain. Many lakes and rivers in southern parts of the province are at record lows.
Back in Sydney, there was no major flooding reported Saturday. It came as a relief to crews who've been working with little rest.
“It was a race against the clock to make sure the water ways were clear. We had a lot of clean up still underway from the previous storm,” said Christina Lamey of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
A storm many maritimers will never forget, and one they're not anxious to relive anytime soon.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Kyle Moore.