News release

Post-Tropical Storm Hanna

Post-tropical storm Hanna has passed Nova Scotia, leaving in its wake some localized flooding but no widespread damage.

"We were very fortunate that post-tropical storm Hanna tracked farther north than originally projected, sparing us the worst of her rainfall," said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.

Localized flooding was reported in several parts of Nova Scotia, particularly in the areas of Amherst, Pugwash, Truro and Oxford. The Emergency Management Office was in communication with emergency management coordinators in all the impacted municipalities. As of late this afternoon, none required EMO's assistance.

The full impact of the heavy rainfall may yet be felt, as it can take some time for groundwater to migrate through the soil to waterways that may then flood. The Emergency Management Office will continue to monitor the situation with the collaboration of municipal emergency management coordinators.

"Nova Scotians in affected areas should take the appropriate precautions with flooded roadways and wells that may have been contaminated by flood waters," said Ms. Bolivar-Getson.

If a well has been flooded, the water should not be used for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been deemed safe to use. Questions about safe drinking water can be directed to local environment department offices at 1-877-936-8476.

Environment Canada is forecasting sunny weather for most of Nova Scotia through to Thursday, Sept. 11. Hurricane Ike is presently near Cuba and tracking into the Gulf of Mexico through to Friday, and is not currently a threat to Nova Scotia.

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Post-tropical storm Hanna has passed Nova Scotia, leaving in its wake some localized flooding but no widespread damage.

Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson says we were very fortunate that post-tropical storm Hanna tracked farther north than originally projected.

Localized flooding was reported in several parts of Nova Scotia, particularly in the areas of Amherst, Pugwash, Truro and Oxford.

The full impact of the heavy rainfall may yet be felt as it can take some time for groundwater to migrate through the soil to waterways that may then flood.

Ms. Bolivar-Getson says Nova Scotians in affected areas should take the appropriate precautions with flooded roadways and wells that may have been contaminated by flood waters.

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