TRURO – Provincial funding is being sought for seven infrastructure projects within Colchester County and the Town of Truro to help alleviate future flooding.
An excavator is seen working on the Lorne Street dyke along the Salmon River this week in an effort to help prevent future flooding. The project is one of a number to flood prevention efforts to be undertaken this year.
The applications are being made through the Joint Flood Advisory Committee (JFAC) of the two municipalities for the following areas and amounts:
North River dike weir improvements - $25,000
North and Salmon River training - $312,858
Lorne Street dike - $50,000
Avon Street dike - $50,000
Winter rock work, Salmon River - $78,215
Flow monitoring stations - $78,215
McClure’s Brook storage - $1,021,487
The first six projects listed above impact both the town and the county and will be cost-shared by both.
The McClure’s Brook project also affects Millbrook First Nation, however, and no decision has yet been made regarding the cost sharing of that initiative.
The province is responsible for paying 50 per cent of the cost of each project.
An application for an eighth project, involving $20,000 worth of rockwork on the North River, is to also be forwarded to the province in the near future.
Colchester County has established a Major Flood Reserve, which currently contains $350,000 as well as a $100,000 budget for the municipality’s Flood Advisory Committee (FAC).
Engineer Rod McLennan has also been hired through the JFAC and the FAC as a consultant to provide technical support as a storm water specialist.
He is to receive a stipend of $700 per month, which is to paid equally between the town and the county.
For projects where McLennan provides direct support, he will be paid at a rate of 10 per cent of the capital cost or $75 per hour (which ever is less) for actual time spent on the project.