N.S. emergency officials warn against road travel in Victoria, Inverness counties

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N.S. emergency officials warn against road travel in Victoria, Inverness counties
The Highland Links Golf Course on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Submitted by Sarah Barrington - image credit)
The Highland Links Golf Course on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Submitted by Sarah Barrington - image credit)

Residents of Nova Scotia's Inverness and Victoria counties are being told to avoid road travel until further notice due to heavy rains that have caused flooding in the area.

The provincial emergency management office issued an emergency alert just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

"Due to the severe weather, travel is no longer safe. A number of roads have washed out or are severely damaged," reads the alert.

"RCMP are aware of the situation. Avoid travelling roadways in Inverness and Victoria Counties."

Earlier in the evening, Victoria County declared a state of emergency and asked residents to shelter in place until further notice.

The county made the announcement in a Facebook post posted after 9 p.m.

"Provincial Department of Public Works is currently assessing roads and bridges for safety. Crews are working hard, so please stay home, and let them do their job," the post read.

The emergency alerts comes as heavy rains continue to pour in the area. Parts of the county received 174 millimetres of rain on Tuesday as of 6 p.m.

The province reported several road closures throughout Victoria County due to flooding.

Parks Canada has closed the Cabot Trail from Ingonish to Neils Harbour.

Photos from the area also show the Cape Breton Highland Links golf course flooded out.

No one from Nova Scotia's Department of Public Works was available for comment Tuesday night.

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