BLUE ACRES – Ryan Muir of Salt Springs carefully digs along the edge of the Carrigan’s Car Wash building in Blue Acres.
Ryan Muir of Salt Springs carefully digs along the edge of Carrigan’s Car Wash in Blue Acres to get excess water away from the building. Huge chunks of ice remain in the East River along the Intervale. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
“I’m basically digging a trench around the place to get some of this water out of here,” said Muir.
If he were standing in the same place on Sunday, he’d be in about half a foot in brownish, icy water.
The car wash has been in that location since the early 1990s so the rising waters of the East River are no surprise. But with rain on the way, he isn’t looking forward to the possibility of more cleanup.
“Thankfully, business is pretty well back to normal. We’ve had a few cars come in since the road was reopened.”
Bridge Avenue was closed on Sunday due to rising water levels but was reopened Monday morning as the floodwaters receded. It wasn’t the only road that was left impassable by the melting snow and ice.
Back Road in Salt Springs was closed near the Brookland Road between civic number 545 and 555 because of flooding and bridge damage, and was also closed at the eastern end near Stillman Road.
Porter Road was closed at the northern end near/at the Elmfield Road because of bridge damage.
Chrissy Matheson, a media relations adviser with the Nova Scotia government, noted that any roads or bridges that appear affected by flooding should be reported.
“Any concerns about Nova Scotia roads and bridges can be brought to the attention of the local area Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal office,” said Matheson. “As road safety is always the first priority, staff always look into every concern that is brought forward.”
In the joint Municipal Climate Change Action Plan submitted by the towns of Westville, Trenton and Stellarton, it was noted that the Intervale, the island in the East River, is susceptible to flooding. Stellarton even noted that flooding could cause damage to the two bridges that span the East River.
According to Public Safety Canada, floods are the most frequent natural hazards in Canada, and the most costly in terms of property damage.
They can occur at any time of the year and are most often caused by heavy rainfall, rapid melting of a thick snow pack, ice jams or, more rarely, the failure of a natural or human-made dam.
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Always be prepared:
To reduce the likelihood of flood damage
- Consider installing a sump pump and zero-reverse flow valves in basement floor drains.
- Do not store your important documents in the basement. Keep them at a higher level, protected from flood damage.
If a flood is forecast
- Take special precautions to safeguard electrical, natural gas or propane heating equipment.
- Shut off the electricity only if flooding has not yet begun and the area around the fuse box is completely dry. Stand to the side of the breaker panel and look away from the panel when switching the power off. Have a flashlight with you.
If flooding is imminent
- Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level.
- Remove toxic substances such as pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution.
- Do NOT attempt to shut off electricity if any water is present. Water and live electrical wires can be lethal. Leave your home immediately and do not return until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
Source: Public Safety Canada