State of emergency declared in N.B. village after storm surge hits

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HALIFAX, N.S. - A state of emergency has been declared in Port Elgin, N.B., after a huge storm surge forced dozens of people from their flooded homes.

A massive winter storm that swept through on Saturday dumped up to 30 centimetres of snow in the area but it was the strong winds that caused most of the problems.

Fire Chief Steve Alward says his crews were up all night helping evacuate people who were cut off by water levels that rose several metres above normal, the result of strong winds and high tides.

Alward says they are doing an assessment now that it's daylight, but at this point it appears that everyone has been accounted for.

A little further south in Point-du-Chene, N.B., storm surge sent water over the causeway linking the tiny community with nearby Shediac, isolating dozens of residents.

Firefighters evacuated one elderly couple due to safety concerns and took them to a reception centre operated by Red Cross volunteers.

Organizations: Red Cross

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Port Elgin, Point-du-Chene Shediac

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