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Floodwaters receding in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Some 50 Canadian families who left their flooded town in southwestern Nova Scotia won't be able to return until the weekend, emergency officials said.

Water levels in Quinan have begun to recede but a bridge collapse and flooded roads are preventing evacuated residents from going home, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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When he finally returns, Quinan resident Bill Muise said he'll have to deal with more than 3 feet of water in his basement.

Rick Janega of the Emergency Management Office said officials continue to keep a close eye on water levels at Nova Scotia Power dams on the Tusket River and Lake Vaughan.

Water levels began to recede in some parts of southwestern Nova Scotia Tuesday after the worst flood in a century.

Tuesday night emergency crews were sent to Tusket after the Tusket Bridge collapsed.

Gordon Wood, who lives near the bridge, told CBC News he and his wife were sitting in their living room when they heard a rumbling noise.

Wood said when he went outside to check, the bridge was gone.

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