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The Town of Humber Arm South has lifted a state of emergency after a storm caused major road and infrastructure damage this past weekend; however, a boil water advisory still remains active.

The town of 1800 residents, located on the Bay of Islands a short distance from Corner Brook in the western part of the province, saw floods and mudslides wipe out many roads and do irreparable damage to some houses.

Mayor Glenn Savard said the storm was one of the worst that he had ever seen, adding that the state of emergency, issued on the evening of January 13, was the first the town had declared.

There hasn't been any time to bemoan the damage though, as much work has had to be completed in a timely manner.

"We're just out cleaning up today. Cleaning up our streams and what not," Savard said, "Any damage that's done we're trying to put back together before any snow falls on it."

Savard said that the state of emergency was lifted as soon as the town's infrastructure was back to workable condition.

"We do have a boil water advisory on still as we had some water main breaks but we're in the process of getting that lifted."

It is estimated that it will be another three days before the last of the tests get back from the lab and if the results are promising, the advisory will be lifted shortly after.

In the meantime, the city is offering water to whomever needs it.

"If anyone's requested water, we've been providing bottled water," Savard said, "But most people have bottled water today."

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