Blind Bay road damage August 7 2023

The Rankin Report: August

Dear Timberlea-Prospect Residents,

The heartbreaking effects of climate change have arrived in Nova Scotia.

I would like to express my condolences to the family, friends, and communities who lost a loved one due to the flooding event. The people of our province mourn your loss and are saddened by the devastating news that four young lives were cut short.

Sadly, events caused by global warming and climate change have caused Fiona, fires, and floods in our own backyard.

I am concerned for the residents in our community who have suffered from the recent flooding and have been working with Public Works to repair critical infrastructure and assist residents with disaster assistance relief claims.

The massive destruction and material needed to repair the Prospect Road washout in Blind Bay forced the department to source equipment outside of the province and additional weather events have delayed the advancement of repairs.

The new culvert is significantly wider and longer than the replacement to accommodate future widening for paved shoulders in this location as well as the installation of new guardrail and adequate banks on either side.

After pressure from my office and with your help we convinced the province to construct a single-lane panel bridge to provide temporary access, to get the road open, with the long-term solution still being vulnerable to weather events. I am also thankful for the cooperation of an adjacent landowner for this to happen.

I appreciate the enormous impact this closure has on the community and appreciate all the feedback. If you have further concerns, pleased reach out to the department, making the decisions and managing the repairs by contacting the Minister of Public Works at publicworksminister@novascotia.ca or the Operations Contact Centre at DPW-OCC@novascotia.ca Please copy my office as well info@iainrankin.ca.

I will continue to post updates as they become available.

Best regards,