TRURO - Town officials will be holding community meetings to discuss flooding issues.
Truro town council discussed recent flooding problems during a council meeting yesterday. One of the biggest concerns is many people who never had flooding before are suddenly dealing with it on their properties and in their homes.
"People on the top of Young (Street), by Truro elementary, Coburg, Harris and Curtis" and other neighbourhoods that aren't used to flooding conditions are now experiencing the reality of it, said Coun. Greg MacArthur.
Some letters from town residents were read at the council meeting yesterday, including from Linda Miller, a Crowell Drive resident, who said she first reported flooding issues in 2011 but "nothing was done," she stated in her letter to council.
Miller said, in her correspondence, that she had $30,000 worth of damage to her property this month due to flooding. She said precautions by the town didn't help.
"Sandbags do nothing. The rain flows over them and goes into the yard," town CEO Jim Langille read from Miller's letter.
Another letter from a Harris Avenue resident requested a meeting with council and the town engineer to discuss how unexpected flooding can be resolved.
Council agreed to have the engineer prepare a report on local flooding, especially in areas that aren't typically affected. The report will then be shared in a town-wide meeting as well as neighbourhood meetings. It's expected the meetings will begin within a month or so.
Coun. Brian Kinsman said the meetings should take place sooner rather than later.
"People want to know what the town is doing. I'm getting more calls from up the hills, not downtown" where it typically floods, said Kinsman.
"People are tired of 13 years of studies," added Coun. Raymond Tynes.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills said the town has dealt with unnatural levels of rain.
"There was 360 mm of rain in September ... the highest in record," said Mills.
In addition to the community meetings, short and long-term solutions are being sought.
"I find it very frustrating if all we can do is set up committees. I'd like to see a master plan developed and short-term mitigation plans," said Coun. Charles Cox.
Mills added long-term mitigation efforts and funding are also being investigated.