Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, battered by rain, flooding

Floodwater swamps roads, bridges and buildings.

High winds and heavy rains have flooded parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, prompting emergency response in both provinces.

The storms left behind impassable roads, power outages and water-filled basements, and even parts of the Cabot Trail have closed because of damage, according to Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office (EMO). Although colder air moving into the area has eased the flooding, over 80,000 residents are still without power and many roads remain closed.

“Considerable private damage” will likely prompt claims from the Annapolis Valley, EMO officials noted in a December 16 briefing, acknowledging that, “this is the fourth major weather event in Nova Scotia since August, more than usual for such a short time frame, bringing significant costs.”

Adjusters in the Sydney area are assessing the damages, and staff at ClaimsPro report that “everyone’s basement is flooded.”

Most of the calls coming into MacCoy Insurance  Brokers are for sewer back-up, agrees Michelle Cormier, the brokerage’s personal lines manager. “There’s some surface water damage,” she told Canadian Insurance Top Broker, adding that “it’s getting back to normal” in the area.

Recovery plan

Although the waters have crested in New Brunswick, “we don’t want you to let your guard down,” Karl Wilmot, a provincial EMO offical said during a December 15 briefing. The government has launched a flood recovery program in response to intense rainstorms on December 13 and 14 that prompted evacuations in some areas.

The program will provide some financial assistance, allowing residents to register flood-related damage for compensation. It will also send health and safety inspectors into flooded regions.

“We understand that people are anxious to get back to their homes as quickly as possible,” Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors said in announcing the program December 15. “We will do our best to provide the right kind of assistance to those affected by this severe weather.”

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