If the speed of provincial efforts to repair flood-damaged berms along the North River this week came as a bit of surprise, you're not alone.
Governments, regardless of political affiliation, are not always known for acting in a quick and decisive manner. There are usually too many variables to consider, too many other issues vying for attention.
Fact is, however, the flooding that left large tracts of Colchester County under water on Sept. 10 has been on the government's front burner from Day 1.
We know, for instance, that when the flood struck that morning Premier Darrell Dexter phoned local officials, including Colchester County mayor Bob Taylor, to offer whatever help he could provide.
The next morning Dexter was in Truro, slogging through flooded basements and talking to residents, just prior to departing for China.
Sure we could be cynical and suggest this was simply good optics. But imagine the opposite scenario. That he grabbed a few extra hours sleep before heading to the airport. Bet that would have gone over well.
Unfortunately, much of that good-will was in danger of being lost last week when Agriculture Minister John MacDonell said the government wasn't responsible for fixing privately-built berms in North River that were at least partially responsible for much of the flooding between Molly's Dairy Bar and Marshall's Corner on Highway 311.
No doubt phones in government circles were ringing off the hook after that gaffe because less than 24 hours after that statement became public, the government announced that it was making staff and equipment available to make the repairs.
They weren't kidding, either, because work got underway Monday morning, which surely comes as a relief for homeowners and businesses that sit down river from the breeched areas.
Mind you no one is saying who will get the final bill. Or who will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the berm. But those are just details. Something needed to be done and it needed to be done ASAP.
In addition, a meeting of experts was planned for last night in Truro to discuss the flooding issue in the area and Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann reports a meeting of elected officials, including Dexter, will follow.
All in all, a pretty good case of government action, rather than inaction.