TRURO – Colchester County and Truro will receive more than $270,000 in provincial funding to assist with flood mitigation.
Government is investing $344,275 to help municipalities reinforce and stabilize existing streets, rivers, channels and banks against the risk of floods.
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, announced funding for six projects under the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program.
"Government is investing in infrastructure projects to ensure municipalities are well protected during flooding and storm surges," said Casey, in a news release. "The Flood Risk Infrastructure Program is designed to reduce risks and improve the readiness of communities in advance of extreme weather events that can cause excessive damage."
The program was developed to encourage municipalities to invest in infrastructure that will reduce flood risks and community vulnerability.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills said this is great news.
"It's three levels of government listening to constituents and working together to solve a long standing problem in flooding," said Mills, in a news release. "We are pleased to be part of the solution and thankful for the team of people working on this problem."
The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program contributes up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for each project.
Mayor Bob Taylor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester said that citizens of the county, the Town of Truro and Millbrook First Nation are privileged to have strong regional co-operation on flood remediation projects through their Joint Flood Advisory Committee and welcome help from the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program.
"Having this program in place gives communities the financial assistance to create infrastructure to reduce flood risks similar to what Colchester has experienced," said Taylor, in a news release. "The knowledge and results will be beneficial not only to our communities, but to those across the province."
Municipal Infrastructure projects receiving funding are:
-- Town of Lockeport, Dune Revetment, $25,811
-- Municipality of Richmond and Little Anse/Sampson's Cove Social Action Centre, Armour Stone, $26,071
-- Town of Amherst and Municipality of Cumberland, Terrace Street Flooding Mitigation, $14,992
-- Municipality of Colchester and Truro, Park Street Flooding, $203,358
-- Municipality of Colchester, North River Stabilization Projects 2014, $32,329
-- Municipality of Colchester, Murray Siding Flood Reduction Program Phase Two, $41,714