TRURO - Finding long-term solutions to local flooding will depend on government assistance, say local politicians.
The regional emergency management organization (REMO), which consists of representatives from the town of Truro and Stewiacke, Colchester County and emergency officials, has been looking for long-term solutions to local flooding.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills said it's beyond time for action.
"We've done studies on the flooding and we don't need to do more studies. The time for waiting is way past," said Mills.
The problem, he said, is finances. If money is provided by the provincial and federal governments, then sustainable solutions can be enforced.
"The issue is to try to find out if money is available. Is there any money from the federal government? It would take millions, but it would save millions of dollars in damage in the future," said Mills.
Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor said a meeting with Premier Darrell Dexter will take place in the next week.
"I hope this leads to money from the province and the federal government too. We need relief for people who've had lots of damage" in addition to long-term solutions, Taylor said.
Mills said if government finances become available, some flooding solutions being considered include repairs to man-made dikes, letting more water out of the reservoir and reforesting areas that have been clearcut.
"Everything is on the table ... with the clearcutting issue, there's been a lot of it east of Truro and there's nothing holding water 20 km back from Truro," said Mills.
"We could also look into dredging, which would help with ice buildup and the build up of silt in some of the rives. It takes place in New Brunswick so there has to be a way to do it here."
Taylor agrees it's time to act.
"There was a study completed in 2005 ... but we have everybody's attention now," based on recent flooding and subsequent damage.
"I don't think the dikes are the problem. We could remove sandbars in the rivers or have still-ways and holding areas for water," Taylor suggested as solutions.
When asked what will be done if government assistance is not immediately forthcoming, Mills said it would be "back to discussion" mode again.