Sunday, February 28, 2010

Storm leaves Four Homeless

Four people are temporarily homeless as a result of storm damage that tore part of the roof off a Bridgewater building Friday evening. The building at 740 King Street housed the Oddfellows Lodge, a ground floor hair salon and two second storey apartments. The Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging and meals for all four adults. It's not known when they'll be able to return to their apartments because of structural damage and flooding from the heavy rain and high winds.

Flooding Forces out Family

A Lunenburg County family had to be rescued by boat over the weekend after their home near Barrs Corner was surrounded by water. Heavy flooding in the area Saturday forced the family to evacuate their residence on the Haines Road, about 30 kilometres northwest of Bridgewater. The house was surrounded by water from the overflowing Lake William. Officials were concerned the roadbed could also be washed out. The Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging and food for the couple and their three children ages 2, 3 and 4.

Shoreham Health Centre Funding

Chester Council is providing 10 thousand dollars in funding to the Shoreham Health Resources Centre upon completion of the project. Warden Alan Webber says Council originally wanted to lend Shoreham 25 thousand dollars to be repaid over 5 years but legally were not able to do so. He says Council then had to make a decision. Council reached a compromise giving the Centre 10 thousand dollars. Webber says Council agrees it's a good project butone where the Municipality doesn't want to get too deeply involved in the Health care issue, but Webber says no one else is stepping up to the plate.
The Health Resource Centre is undergoing a 90 thousand dollar expansion to make room for a doctor. It's part of a larger picture expansion over the next 5 to 10 years which would eventually see the centre turn into a community health complex.