first_img -30- Trunk 3 at the Head of St. Margarets Bay was closed Tuesday morning because of concerns about a bridge. It was reopened at 5 p.m. after repairs. Around 20 roads remain closed, but waters are receding and it is hoped more roads will reopen today. Nova Scotians are asked to continue to monitor traffic advisories. Nova Scotia Power reports that water levels and flow rates in NSP hydro systems are stabilizing. Levels at the Vaughn Lake Dam fell slightly overnight, with greater reductions upstream. NSP says water levels may not peak until a couple of days after the rainfall has ended. NSP crews will remain on site at all dams until water levels return to normal. Data about water levels at Environment Canada monitoring stations can be found at www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/index_e.html . There is no rain forecast today in affected western areas and Environment Canada reports that little rain is expected for the remainder of the week in the region. Total rainfall has amounted to between 140 mm at Kentville and the Halifax airport to 215 mm in the Quinan and Argyle areas to possibly as high as 250 mm between Kejimkujik National Park and Yarmouth. States of local emergency continue in parts of Argyle, Barrington, and Yarmouth to facilitate any needed evacuations, although at this time none are planned. Fewer residences than expected have taken part in voluntary evacuations. About 70 evacuations have taken place in Quinan, for bridge washouts, downstream of the Vaughn and Carleton dams in Yarmouth County, and in Barrington. Other residents in the areas have been warned of the risks but have decided to stay. Provincial government departments continue to assess their areas of responsibility to ensure the needs of Nova Scotians are being met in areas such as information on public safety and well water. The Department of Agriculture is looking at issues surrounding stranded farm animals and making plans to provide support as needed to farmers along the Annapolis River and the St. Mary’s River and in Quinan, where there is a fox farm. As a safety precaution, the Department of Natural Resources is closing trails on the abandoned rail corridor in the province’s seven western counties: Lunenburg; Queens; Shelburne; Yarmouth; Digby; Annapolis; and Kings. Because of the significant amount of rainfall in the past few days, bridges, culverts and the corridor are in danger of structural damage. Premier Darrell Dexter is visiting southwest Nova Scotia today, Nov. 10, for a first-hand look at the flood damage. The premier will get an aerial view of rivers and flooded areas. He will also visit emergency operations centers in Yarmouth and Argyle, and will speak with community leaders. The most significant change in the flood situation was the loss of a bridge last night on Trunk 3 on the Tusket River. Traffic must detour onto Highway 103 for three or four kilometres before getting back on Trunk 3. The weather and flooding situation has remained stable, with low rainfall, some receding water in key rivers and no new evacuations ordered. A few more families were evacuated from the Raynardton area of Yarmouth County Tuesday, where possible flooding from the Vaughn Lake Dam, also called the Tusket Falls Main Dam, remains a concern. Four families who left their homes Sunday with concerns about the Carleton dam will be allowed to return to their homes today. Updated information this morning included: last_img read more