Residents of Inverness and Victoria counties in Nova Scotia are urged to avoid road trips until further notice due to heavy rains that have caused flooding in the area.
The provincial emergency management office issued an emergency alert just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.
“Due to bad weather, travel is no longer safe. A number of roads have been washed away or seriously damaged,” said the alert.
“The RCMP are aware of the situation. Avoid driving on the roads in Inverness and Victoria counties.”
Earlier in the evening, Victoria County declared a state of emergency and asked residents to shelter in place until further notice.
The county made the announcement in a Facebook post published after 9 p.m.
“The provincial public works ministry is currently assessing the safety of roads and bridges. Crews are working hard, so stay home and let them do their jobs,” the post read.
Emergency alerts come as heavy rains continue to fall in the region. Parts of the county received 174 millimeters of rain at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The province has reported several road closures across Victoria County due to flooding.
Parks Canada has closed the Cabot Trail from Ingonish to Neils Harbor.
Photos from the area also show that the Cape Breton Highland Links golf course has been inundated.
No one from the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works was available for comment on Tuesday evening.
Photos of flooding near Ingonish, courtesy of Sarah Barrington.
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