Fancy Lake flood­ing is­sue be­ing ad­dressed

South Shore Breaker - - Local - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­son@bel­

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the Dis­trict Lunen­burg (MODL) and the Heb­bville Vil­lage Com­mis­sion are tak­ing steps to ac­cess and ad­dress the flood risk in the Fancy Lake area.

Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil made sev­eral moves on the is­sue at the Sept. 25 coun­cil ses­sion, in­clud­ing a mo­tion to ap­point staff and coun­cil­lors to sit on an ad hoc com­mit­tee with com­mis­sion mem­bers to help de­velop a pro- posal to hire a con­sul­tant to as­sess past flood­ing in­ci­dents and the po­ten­tial risk for more in the Heb­bville area, and in par­tic­u­lar to Fancy Lake, said Trudy Payne, act­ing deputy CEO.

The mo­tion also calls for the grant co-or­di­na­tor to as­sist the ad hoc com­mit­tee and the Heb­bville Vil­lage Com­mis­sion to look and ap­ply for fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from the var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment. In ad­di­tion, about $9,000 has been trans­ferred to a new fund to be named at a later date to sup­port the study. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity “is look­ing for­ward to help de­velop a so­lu­tion to mit­i­gate po­ten­tial flood risk in that area,” said Payne.

Two meet­ings have been held this year with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mis­sion and the fed­eral, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal lev­els of gov­ern­ments for dis­cus­sion around the is­sue, said

Payne. “Part of that dis­cus­sion was be­fore we could put any kind of in­fra­struc­ture in, there was a need to as­sess the flood risk and what would be a so­lu­tion around pos­si­ble in­fra­struc­ture.”

Payne said she ex­pects the ad hoc com­mit­tee will meet some­time in Oc­to­ber to dis­cuss mov­ing for­ward and what ex­actly they want the study to in­clude, so when de­vel­op­ing the re­quest for pro­pos­als (RFP), the MODL can be very spe­cific around the scope of work that they want the con­sul­tant to do.

The news was wel­comed by Glen Hebb, one of the four vol­un­teer mem­bers on the com­mis­sion. “This is a win for us. We worked hard for this,” he said. “The study will hope­fully rec­om­mend what we need for a con­trol struc­ture [on Fancy Lake].”

Hebb said it was a big weather event in 2005 that caused tremen­dous flood dam­age when it be­came ap­par­ent just how vul­ner­a­ble the Fancy Lake area is to flood­ing. “That was a wake-up call and again in 2011,” he said, when an­other mi­nor flood oc­curred.

Once the terms of the RFP are de­ter­mined, it will be ad­ver­tised, then the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant will be cho­sen and hired.

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