$700,000 approved to help minimize flood damage risk
TRURO – Eight local projects will receive a combined $700,000 in provincial cash through the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program.
Approved projects include installing permanent flow monitoring stations, raising dykes, stabilizing river banks and removing sediment from stream beds.
The list is as follows:
* Flood mitigation, McClure's Brook Tributaries and Hwy. No. 2, Phase 1: detain floodwaters in upper portion of watershed – $376,628
* River training, Salmon and North Rivers: survey, remove gravel bars and sediment, re-grade and re-align bank stabilization – $156,429
* Permanent flow monitoring stations, Salmon River, North River and McClure's Brook: install five permanent flow monitoring stations – $39,108
* Bank Stabilization, Salmon River – $39,108
Murray Siding flood reduction program, Phase 1: remove sediment and debris buildup – $26,228
* Avon Street dyke: raise and extend dyke – $25,000
* Lorne Street dyke: raise dyke – $25,000
* North River dyke and weir improvements: extend existing weir – $12,500
Lenore Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible-Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, made the announcement yesterday.
"We need to work co-operatively with municipalities and communities to reduce the risk of floods with the objective to prevent damage where possible," said Zann in a news release. "That is why the province is supporting efforts to improve infrastructure, provide better information and work with municipalities on new or strengthened planning."
In April, the province announced a flood-mitigation framework to help Nova Scotia communities. It will provide $3 million annually over the next five years. Each year, $300,000 will be used for risk assessments to identify solutions, $700,000 will fund up to half the cost of community infrastructure investments to reduce floods, and $2 million will help improve safeguards such as provincial dykes and berms.
Colchester County communities are receiving funding this year because it is particularly vulnerable to flooding.
Local municipal leaders expressed their appreciation of the provincial support.
"After months of consultation with citizens and Colchester County, I am pleased that work has started on our regional flood plan," said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. "Thanks to the province for its commitment and follow through to help in our region's efforts to work toward long-term solutions to long-standing flooding issues in our communities. We appreciate promises made and kept that will also be of benefit to other flood-prone areas in Nova Scotia."
"The community has recognized for many years that a major cause of flooding in our area has been the buildup of material in our rivers," said Municipality of Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor. "This has been happening for over 50 years and now, through this joint effort, we are finally doing something about it.”
Millbrook First Nation Chief Bob Gloade said they are pleased to have worked with the Joint Flood Advisory Committee to find solutions to the flooding issues.
"We expect that the flood water containment project, involving tributary brooks and streams that lead to McClure's Brook through Millbrook lands, will mitigate these reoccurring significant flooding events," said Gloade.