BIBLE HILL – Bible Hill officials want to see another gate erected on Park Street to deal with flooding.
Village commissioners discussed the issue on Tuesday night during a committee meeting. They are in favour of putting up a flood gate on the Bible Hill side of Park Street, similar to the gate placed on the street on the Truro side.
“A few people called me to ask why the gate is only on the Truro side,” said commissioner Donna van Kroonenburg. “We have removable barricades but people do move them. It’s a safety issue and I think we are beyond a barricade. We need something more concrete.”
Village officials acknowledged the initiative would require the input of the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department and it’s possible the gate would be an expense to the village.
“I think it would be money well spent,” Van Kroonenburg said.
Village chairman Tom Burke suggested the transportation department also be asked if sandwich boards could be erected throughout the area during flood situations.
“Maybe they could go at the end of College and Pictou roads and maybe Ryland Avenue” to inform residents of street closures.
Burke said that could also help reduce traffic jams.
“It takes half an hour on Main Street (during a flood) to get into town,” Burke said.
The village expects to write to the transportation department for feedback to commissioners’ suggestions.