‘We’re trapped’

Res­i­dents of Hem­lock Hill se­niors’ com­mu­nity went nearly 48 hours locked in with their lights out

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY BREN­DAN AH­ERN

In the wake of last week’s storm, home own­ers at Hem­lock Hill were look­ing back on how vul­ner­a­ble they found them­selves.

Units were with­out power af­ter a tree fell across the mo­bile home park’s only road in and out of the com­mu­nity.

“There’s zero emer­gency ac­cess to the com­mu­nity right now,” prop­erty owner Blair van Veld said Fri­day. “Eleven out of the 12 homes in the up­per sec­tion of the com­mu­nity are lived in by se­niors. It’s to­tally un­ac­cept­able.”

“This is a se­niors’ park and we’re trapped,” said Fraser Mur­phy, an­other res­i­dent of the Hem­lock Hill com­mu­nity.

The fallen tree also dam­aged nearby power lines, so the park was with­out power for an ex­tended time, be­gin­ning at 4 a.m. on Thurs­day.

Res­i­dents across Pic­tou County were hit hard by the high winds and snow that pum­meled the re­gion. There were 14,000 Nova Scotia Power cus­tomers still with­out elec­tric­ity by Fri­day.

“It’s not just that the power is out,” said Mur­phy, point­ing to a nearby home. “The gen­tle­man that lives there was in the ICU last week, and there’s oth­ers in their 80s with breath­ing prob­lems.”

By mid-af­ter­noon Fri­day, work crews re­moved the tree and Nova Scotia Power was able to re­store elec­tric­ity to the 14 res­i­dents of Hem­lock Hill.

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