November 16, 2016 4:31 pm
Updated: November 17, 2016 4:36 pm

Over 350 homes inspected, 38 deemed ‘uninhabitable’ following Cape Breton flood

A car is seen partly submerged on a street in Sydney, Cape Breton after torrential rains flooded many parts of the island.

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To date, more than 350 homes in Cape Breton have been inspected by the Department of Environment and the Fire Marshal following the Thanksgiving Day flooding last month.

Thirty-eight homes have been deemed uninhabitable due to their current circumstances and an additional 65 homes still require heating repairs, according to a report presented to regional council.

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Seventeen people were rescued from homes and cars during the severe weather event. Following the storm, 40 streets were closed and 33,000 customers were without power across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

WATCH: Cape Bretoners frustrated with insurance companies as flood cleanup continues

The helpline that was set up to assist homeowners received 2,700 calls and identified a total of 4,200 people and 1,800 pets affected by the flood.

More than 120 homes are said to have oil contamination, 746 have sewer contamination and 1,835 have water damage, according to helpline statistics.

The municipality has donated $25,000 and the province has contributed $500,000 to help victims of the devastating flood. An additional $100,000 in donations have also been brought in through United Way.

WATCH: Cape Bretoners assess flood damage unleashed in wake of devastating storm

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