Friday, February 14, 2014

Officials Gather To Assess Emergency Situations

Three different scenarios forced Lunenburg County's Regional Emergency Measures Organization in action for a short time on Friday. The group activated its operations centre in Bridgewater for roughly 90 minutes to assess emergency calls for flooded basements, a fatal crash in New Germany and an overturned oil truck in Chester Grant. However, spokesperson John Collyer says they decided to shut down the centre because all situations were handled.

Collyer says officials will continue to watch the weather forecast with freezing rain, snow and rain in the forecast for Saturday evening.

South Shore Senior Groups Benefit From Provincial Grant

Four South Shore groups are getting financial support from the province. Senior Safety programs in Lunenburg, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens counties are all receiving money from Nova Scotia's senior safety grant. The money was announced earlier this week for South Shore Safe Communities, Yarmouth Town and County Crime Prevention Association, Shelburne County Senior Safety Society and Queens County Crime Prevention Association. The money helps support non-profit groups educate and raise awareness of senior abuse, prevent crime and encourage the overall health and safety of seniors. Funding for the groups is listed below.

South Shore Safe Communities:  Lunenburg County Seniors Safety - $20,000

Yarmouth Town and County Crime Prevention Association - $20,000

Shelburne County Senior Safety Society: Safety for Seniors - $19,998.12

Queens County Crime Prevention Association - $18,170

Bridgewater: Town Moving Ahead With New Logo

Bridgewater is moving ahead with plans to tweak a proposed new logo. The town has agreed to spend up to $5,000 to give its logo a facelift.  The proposed logo is a circle that includes the colours green, white and blue. The white represents the LaHave River while the green promotes sustainability and the blue represents the sky. Mayor David Walker says the colours remain up for discussion.

Walker says council hasn't made up its mind on the colours, which could change the final design. The logo would be placed on everything including town vehicles, signs welcoming people to the town and bills. Mayor David Walker welcomes the change.

The money is pre-approved from next year's budget. 

Emergency Officials Meet To Discuss Flooding

Emergency management officials in Lunenburg County are meeting to discuss a potential action plan after the region was hit with 40 to 50 millimetres of rain. A number of people are dealing with flooded basements. Officials are also dealing flooding on road ways. We'll update this story when we have more information.

Fatal Crash In New Germany

Police say a 60 year-old was killed when his car slammed into the ditch in New Germany. The crash occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Mounties say the man was from Pinehurst. A section of Highway 10 was shut down four more than four hours while investigators checked out the scene. Road conditions were poor at the time of the crash. However, police did not say if that was a factor.

Storm Causes Flooding, Closes Schools

It's a messy morning. The South Shore Regional School Board has cancelled classes in Lunenburg and Queens Counties. Also, no classes at the Waldorf school in Blockhouse or the French School in Cookville. Schools under the Tri-County Regional School Board are open. However, buses will not travel on gravel roads. More rain is also expected today, another 20 to 30 mm of rain is in the forecast before changing to flurries later this afternoon. Some South Shore residents are reporting basement flooding as result of all the rain overnight. Meanwhile, RCMP are reminding motorist to reduce speeds in case of hydroplaning. There was a single vehicle crash this morning on Highway 10. A section of the highway is closed near Guppy's Restaurant in New Germany. No other details on the crash have been released. About 2,500 Nova Scotia Power custmers are in the dark this morning, outages are being reported in Digby, Halifax and Sydney.