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Atlantic Canada gets soaked

Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, swamping some areas with extensive flooding and causing two Newfoundland towns to declare a state of emergency.

Environment Canada said a low-pressure system slowly tracked across the East Coast on Saturday, drenching the region in heavy rains.

In southern New Brunswick, total rainfall amounts had exceeded 50 millimetres in some areas by Saturday afternoon, with isolated reports of more than 100 millimetres, according to the weather agency.

Forecasters said southwestern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland's south coast could be hit with up to 50 millimetres of rain.

The weather agency said the frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb the deluge, which, combined with unseasonably mild temperatures in some areas, could lead to substantial snowmelt and runoff.

Two Newfoundland towns declared states of emergency due to the heavy rainfall and melted snow.

The mayor of Corner Brook, N.L., declared a state of emergency on Saturday afternoon due to heavy rainfall and snow melting, infrastructure damage and an "overwhelmed" municipal drainage system.

"We are dealing with a very severe rainfall event," Jim Parsons said in a statement. "All available personnel are working to try and mitigate further damage. For the time being, we ask residents to stay off the streets in affected areas, if possible."

The town of Humber Arm South in Newfoundland's Bay of Islands posted to Facebook early Saturday evening saying a state of emergency had been declared from Frenchman's Cove to Halfway Point and a fire back-up plan is in place



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