Cape Breton drenched again

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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.

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Road washout in Notre-Dame flooding

Major washout on Falconer Road in Notre-Dame, NB, 21 April 2014 (Facebook)

Major washout on Falconer Road in Notre-Dame, NB, 21 April 2014 (Facebook)

A blocked culvert on Falconer Road in Notre-Dame, a small community north of Moncton, finally let go Sunday night.

The result was a release of rushing water which swept away 50 metres of the road causing about one million dollars in damage.

More than 50 people were asked to voluntarily evacuate the area in anticipation of the culvert break.

No one was hurt and emergency officials say things could have been a lot worse.

Hurricane Jova slams Mexico’s Pacific coast

Flooding in Manzanillo, Mexico, 12 Oct 2011 (AP)

Hurricane Jova flooded the streets of Mexico’s main Pacific port of Manzanillo¬†with torrential rain today, inundating popular beach resorts and killing at least two people in a mudslide.

Streets in Manzanillo were underwater, coastal communities flooded and roads blocked due to fallen trees and washouts after Jova, now a tropical depression, hit the coast as a Category Two hurricane late Tuesday.

The Red Cross says the streets of Manzanillo are impassable, as are the highways connecting Manzanillo with the south of Jalisco state.

Meanwhile, the popular resort town of Puerto Vallarta, further to the north, was largely spared from the storm.

While Jova ravaged the coast, a tropical depression farther to the southeast prompted thousands of evacuations in Mexico as well as flooding and mudslides that have killed 18 in Central America since the start of this week.

Record rain soaks Greater Moncton

Washout, Moncton's Wheeler Blvd. at West Main St.,13 July 2011

Greater Moncton has broken a decades-old rain record.

In the last 24 hours, Environment Canada says 38 mm of rain has fallen in the Hub City.

That total breaks the old record of 30 mm from 1941.

To put things into perspective, Moncton normally receives about 100 mm of rain in July.

Prior to yesterday’s rainfall, the region had received about 45 mm of rain for the month-to-date.

The downpour washed out a 12-foot section of the eastbound lanes of Wheeler Boulevard near West Main Street in Moncton.