Flooding unlikely despite heavy rainfall

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TRURO - Despite the heavy amount of rain Colchester County received Tuesday afternoon, flooding is unlikely, says a local emergency management official.

Robert Levine, emergency management co-ordinator with Colchester County, said if large amounts of ice were still in rivers, the chance of flooding would be greater due to high water levels.

But since there is very little ice left, the chance of a river flooding its banks are low, he said.

An extreme amount of rain could also cause a flood, but that would be more than we got on Tuesday afternoon, Levine said. He added people should keep an eye on the weather forecasts.

"If we get enough rain in a short period of time, we will flood," he said. "Just keep an eye on it."

Levine still advised every home to have a 72-hour emergency kit in case of a flood, loaded with enough food, water and other supplies to last a family for about three days.

Environment Canada forecasted 15 to 20 millimeters of rain for Truro on Tuesday with a further 5 to 10 millimeters overnight.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Colchester County

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