Power, water woes accompany storm


PICTOU — A plugged storm sewer that caused a sinkhole at the corner of Church and Wellington streets was among events that coincided with a winter storm over Sunday night and Monday morning.

The plugged pipe was noticed early Monday after it forced water to the surface and left a trench where cars were parked at nearby residences.

The vehicles were removed to allow town crews to dig around the pipe and restore flow to it. Work was expected to be completed later that day.

A light snow fall preceded heavy rain that caused flooding where water races over frost-covered ground, as well as high winds that caused widespread power outages throughout Pictou County on Sunday.

Thousands of Pictou County customers were plunged into darkness on Sunday but the Nova Scotia Power website reported fewer than five customers without power on Monday morning, with power estimated to be restored before noon.

The Town of New Glasgow was favoured by the January thaw that caused temperatures to remain steady at about plus 10 overnight. A crew was busy on East River Road on Monday disconnecting an abandoned sewer line after a small service leak was discovered last week.

Town engineer Earle MacKenzie said the job was easier while the mild weather persisted.

He expected the hole to be covered on Monday, while the section would be repaved later.