Solution to flooding may be on the horizon

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - A report expected to propose a solution to flooding in Murray Siding should be available for consideration within a couple of weeks, Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor says.
"It's a little premature to give you any details," he said of the independent report detailing a proposed dike and culvert system for the section of Salmon River that runs through Murray Siding.
"I think it's a very practical solution."
Taylor's comments came in response to a citizen presentation made to county council at its last meeting, during which area resident Bill Swan said something must be done to prevent a repeat of last winter's flooding, which also saw large blocks of thick ice washed up into the yards of numerous houses along the river.
"This is not just flooding," Swan told council. "This is the river changing course, not just spreading out. This is finding a new place to go."
Swan raised the spectre of dire outcomes should the river happen to break apart and rise over its banks at some future point, just as a young child is getting off a school bus or if a large ice cake impacts a domestic oil tank.
"If an oil barrel lets go, you've got an environmental problem, and you've got an environmental problem all the way down to Truro, not just in Murray Siding."
Swan and fellow resident Richard Dykeman were told by council that efforts by the municipality are ongoing to seek a solution to the area's flooding concerns. In addition to continuing to seek funding from both the provincial and federal governments to deal with the issue, Taylor said the report looking at a dike and culvert system will soon be
When contacted following the meeting, Taylor said the report will come before to the municipality's public advisory committee before being introduced to council.
Based on what he has seen so far, however, the mayor believes the cost associated with the proposed solution will be about $100,000.
The county currently budgets $50,000 per year to deal with other, more minor flooding concerns.
Taylor said communication will continue with his federal and provincial counterparts to help deal with the more pressing concerns.
"And hopefully we can get some help with it."
Although it may sometimes seem like nothing is being done to deal with local flooding issues, Taylor said that is because potential solutions are far from a quick or easy fix and long-term solutions are being sought.
"A lot of times I don't think people realize," he said, "we're not just sitting on our thumbs here ..."

Organizations: Taylor's

Geographic location: Murray Siding, Colchester County, Salmon River

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  • Brian
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Mayor Bob Taylor and Deputy Mayor Ron Cavanaugh are doing a great Job. They NOW have a very progressive and capable Council as a whole ---Give them credit they have only been elected a few months . The new Council have shown a willingness to Listen and Develop. -------------Brian G Phelan

  • JEFF
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40


  • dave
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    ya folks - the mayor is not just sitting on his thumbs, because he is to busy spending other peoples money.

  • taxpayer
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    It makes no sense to spend our tax dollars on diverting a river when people have built within a flood plain.

    The best solution is to find a piece of land in the area with higher elevation and move the threatened structures there. I would think a 70-30 funding solution to pay for structure moving costs could be found between the municipality and these property owners.

  • dave
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    and they build on flood plains as well.

  • Glen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Over a decade ago, Truro spent big money to have consultants from Denmark assess the problem, or had planned to anyways. 2 hundred years ago, settlers built dikes to hold back water. Don't we have the technology to do such a thing? Or is a simple way of thinking to easy for the powers that be? Mother always told me, the more educated they are, the less they use their brain. I know I spelled dike wrong but the censor won't permit the proper spelling