NORTH RIVER - The province is committed to repairing a berm in North River that broke last week during torrential rainfall.
© Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
Jay Brenton, closest to water, regional director with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, talks with Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann and Dom Fewer, Emergency Management planning officer, regarding the berm behind Molly's Dairy Bar in North River. The province announced Friday afternoon they would make staff and equipment with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal available to make necessary repairs to the berm.
Work on the berm, which flows behind Molly's Dairy Bar, could begin as early as Monday, depending on the river water height and flow.
"We need to wait until it goes down a bit because there's still an awful lot of water going through, and to have workers in there would be a safety issue," said Jay Brenton, regional director with the Department of Environment, who helped make the announcement about the repairs.
Along with the breach behind the dairy bar - it's about 500 feet in length - there are another two or three breaches the province will also fix.
"The others are only minor compared to this one. There's one closer to the Trans Canada Highway and another further down the berm several hundred feet."
A number of local businesses raised concerns this week about the berm and how they may have to relocate if they want to continue running their business.
One of those was Karl Costandi, of Costandi Designs, who said he's "very, very pleased with the commitment to repair the berm."
"I'm glad to see someone is taking ownership," he said of the privately-constructed berm.