As Nova Scotia struggles with the effects of flooding, search efforts for 4 missing people continue

Four people, including two children, a youth, and a man, are still missing in Nova Scotia, about a day after search efforts began. Two separate searches began in the West Hants area of the province early Saturday after two vehicles became submerged in floodwaters. Three of five people were able to escape one vehicle, leaving two children missing, and two of four people were able to escape another, leaving a man and youth missing. Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson Cindy Bayers said finding them is top of mind and that extra resources have been added to support these efforts. Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston has said the search will continue as long as necessary. The province has been dealing with severe flooding and impassable roads after torrential downpours swept in overnight Friday and into Saturday. A provincewide state of emergency was declared late Saturday, with West Hants, East Hants, the Halifax Regional Municipality, Lunenburg County, and Queens County considered among the hardest hit areas. Flooding advisories remain in effect for Highway 101, 102, 103, 107, 111, and 118. Drivers should exercise caution and be alert while driving. Officers are continuing to check conditions on the province's highway and respond to calls of people in need of help. As of 9 a.m. AT, Nova Scotia Power's outage map shows about 7,000 customers without electricity, down from a peak of 70,000 at the height of the storm. 


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