Cape Breton drenched again


A stream overflows in north end Sydney, NS, 11 May 2017 (Cape Breton Post)

Parts of Cape Breton Island were flooded by a deluge of rain barely six months ago – Thanksgiving weekend – and this week it’s happening again.

The ground is saturated with water after more than 160 mm of rain since the weekend and some Sydney residents are dealing with flooded basements.

Rain and snow melt from the Cape Breton highlands is being blamed for washouts along sections of the Cabot Trail and its side roads.

Road crews are working overtime making repairs before the busy tourism season begins in a few weeks.


Interior BC hit by flooding

House swept away in Two Mile, BC, 25 June 2012 (CP photo)

Rapid snowmelt and recent wet weather has caused rivers and streams to spill their banksĀ in Interior British Columbia.

Hardest hit has been the town of Sicamous, north of Kelowna, where hundreds have been forced to evacuate and one person has been killed.

At least one home was swept away and dozens more homes and cars have been damaged in flash floods.

The region depends heavily on summer tourism with marinas, boat rentals, motels and shops all suffering as a result of the flooding.