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Eastern Canada paralyzed by heavy snowstorm

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The eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia was paralyzed on Monday after a meter of snow fell during a “historic storm” over the weekend. The army had to deploy in various places to clear roads of snow.

Source: BELGA

Yesterday at 6:20 am

The rainfall, which started on Friday, has brought the transport network to a standstill. Many companies, schools and institutions were also closed and the power went out. “There have been record amounts of falls,” Canadian government meteorologist Bob Robichaud told AFP. He described the storm as “historic.”

“Some regions received more than 100 centimeters,” he added, referring to the outskirts of Cape Breton, an island in the Gulf of St Lawrence, where a state of emergency has been declared.

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On social media, many residents shared videos and photos of the storm, sometimes showing piles of snow blocking doors, hanging over the roofs of homes or burying cars. At Halifax International Airport, many flights were delayed or canceled and public transportation in the city was suspended.

“With the amount of heavy, sticky snow we have been dealing with, snow removal is difficult and will take time,” Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston warned during a news conference Monday afternoon. He added that he had asked the federal government and the neighboring provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island for military and other assistance.

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