News release

Teams Assessing, Repairing Storm Damage to Transportation Infrastructure

Department of Public Works staff and crews are working to address the impact of Tuesday’s heavy rain and wind event which caused flooding and washouts in parts of Nova Scotia with Victoria, Antigonish and Inverness counties hit hardest.

At this time, the rainstorm has resulted in the closure of more than 25 roads in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, with washouts on the Cabot Trail, as well as some roads in northern Nova Scotia.

“This week’s storm has hit our province, our people and our transportation infrastructure hard, particularly in Inverness, Victoria and Antigonish counties,” said acting Public Works Minister Allan MacMaster. “Our first priority is making sure people are safe, so please check in with your neighbours, especially seniors. Many people – including Public Works crews, Emergency Management Office staff, power crews, and municipal staff ¬– worked through the night to assess and repair the damage. This is difficult work, and I know they are responding as fast as they can while working safely. I want to thank them for all their efforts and those affected for their patience.”

As of 1:30 p.m. today, November 24, the following roads and bridges are closed:

Antigonish County

  • Cloverville Road to Walsh Road
  • Old Maryvale Road
  • Mill Road
  • Old Beaver Road, Beaver Meadow
  • North Lakevale Road
  • School Road, Brierly Brook
  • Route 316 from Country Harbour Cross Road to Isaacs Harbour

Colchester County

  • Willow Church Road, Tatamagouche

Cumberland County

  • Lake 2 Road, New Canaan

Inverness County

  • East Big Intervale Road at Harts Bridge
  • Orangedale-Iona Road

Pictou County

  • John Munroe Road
  • Strathglass Road

Victoria County

  • Gold Brook Bridge
  • Cabot Trail near Black Point
  • Cabot Trail from New Haven Road to Ingonish
  • Meadow Road
  • Tarbotvale Road
  • Oregon Road, North River
  • West Tarbot Road
  • East Margaree Cross Road
  • White Point Road
  • New Haven Road from the New Haven Bridge to Neils Harbour
  • Yankee Line Road
  • Barra Glen Road
  • West Side Middle River Road
  • Ingonish Beach Doucette Road

“If you can, please stay off the roads to help these crews do their work and to stay safe,” said Minister MacMaster. “Fixing the damage caused by this storm will be a big job and the Province will continue to provide updates as this work continues. I know Nova Scotians will do what they always do – come together, help their neighbours and get through this as a community.”

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