Residents of Antigonish, NS asked to stay home, some evacuated by boat in the middle of heavy rain | MCU Times

Residents of Antigonish, NS asked to stay home, some evacuated by boat in the middle of heavy rain

HALIFAX –

A slow-moving storm system has led to flooding in several parts of the Maritimes.

In Antigonish, NS, some residents had to be evacuated by boat in the middle of rising water levels in the city.

“They pulled up to the door and I came in and I got my bags and floated down,” said Dave Fuller, who was evacuated from his home. “There was another elderly lady down there walking in the water and they had to save her..”

A press release from the Canadian Red Cross on Tuesday night states that about 70 people were evacuated or asked to shelter on the spot Tuesday, after heavy rain led to lightning flooding around a park on Maclellen Street that contains about 40 mobile homes.

At the request of the city of Antigonish, the Red Cross volunteered emergency stays and meals at hotels in the area for 33 people who were evacuated from the Indian Garden trailer park.

“The 33 and 36 others who either remained in their homes or went to live with relatives or friends may receive additional when the flood has subsided and it is safe to assess damage and additional emergency needs,” read a Canadian statement. Red Cross.

“The RCMP began the evacuation of Indian Gardens Trailer Court,” said Kate Gorman, marketing and communications officer in the city of Antigonish. “The Red Cross will manage the homes of these residents, and Antigonish County Rescue is on site to support the evacuation. Activities.”

More than 100 millimeters of rain fell in the Antigonish area in the last 24 hours, leading to some flooded streets in the city and county.

“Antigonish is experiencing a significant amount of flooding in a few areas of the city,” Gorman said. “Right now, our main areas of concern are Main Street, from around the Maritime Inn to St. Andrew’s Street. We are keeping an eye on the route of access to the hospital in the area. Columbus Field has also experienced significant flooding.”

A photo shared by the city of Antigonish on Tuesday. (Source: Facebook / Town of Antigonish)

The flood has shocked some residents of the city.

“I’ve been in town for more than 16 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said resident Mike Hart. “I do not think anyone really expected the weather we got. I mean, we knew there was going to be rain, but nothing like this.”

The rain also caused part of Highway 245 to flush out.

“It looks like the branch line is broken,” said duty officer Owen McCarron. “Too much water overtook the pipe and just started eroding the road, and then the total collapse and the underside of the road went first, and then the asphalt collapsed. So, luckily, there are no vehicles driving over it at that time.”

The leaching left some students at HM MacDonald Elementary School in Maryvale, NS temporarily stuck in school.

“For a while, elementary school students could not be removed,” McCarron said. “We were finally able to get them moved. Public Works was working on getting a route so students could be removed from that school so everyone is safely home from that school.”

Officials are asking residents of the Antigonish area to stay home if they can.

“Please stay away from the roads. Conditions are changing rapidly, water levels are rising rapidly and it is difficult to determine where floods will be, so we want to make sure people are safe and allow first aiders to do what they can, ā€¯Gorman said.

“Make sure you check on your neighbor,” McCarron said. “It’s good to just check in with a neighbor to make sure everything’s ok. Someone might have some water in their basement. If you can help, we ask you to do so.”

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