Heavy rains, high winds cause flooding in southern N.B.; thousands of outages

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Heavy rain and high winds caused flooding and sporadic power outages in southern New Brunswick and parts of Nova Scotia on Sunday as basements flooded and roads turned into lakes for the second time in two months.
Utilities reported more than 6,000 customers without electricity in New Brunswick and about 2,000 in Nova Scotia before the power was restored to most by late afternoon.
For the second time in weeks, Wayne Hatfield spent the day tearing up the basement flooring in his home in Rothesay, N.B., outside Saint John, after the latest deluge caused a sewer backup.
"I think it's probably going to be about three months that we'll lose our family den and second washroom," Hatfield told CTV News as he stood in his soaked downstairs.
In Saint John itself, people awoke to flooded roads and parking lots and soggy basements. The McAllister Place shopping mall was completely surrounded by water and a fire crew was dispatched to pump out the building, as well as dozens of nearby homes.
"There's got to be a way that with science and technology today that they could solve it," resident Keith Smith said to CTV as he surveyed the water.
"But apparently that can't come up with the answer for it."
In Moncton, Gary Cowper woke up to a flooded basement just as he was close to completing repairs from the last flood.
He blamed the problem on 35-year-old pipes not being able to contain the flow of water in his north-end suburb.
"It just can't happen," said Cowper, who vowed he won't begin repairing the latest damage until the city guarantees an end to the flooding.
Don Moorehouse, the city's public works director, said a couple of factors contributed to the flooding, including the heavy rain beginning overnight at high tide.
"Another reason ... was the high winds caused a lot of the leaves to fall and basically block our catch basins," he said.
In Nova Scotia, about 2,000 homes and businesses were without power for part of the day but Nova Scotia Power reported only a few outages later in the day.

Organizations: CTV News, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: SAINT JOHN, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Rothesay McAllister Place Moncton

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