Yar­mouth re­gion wel­comes an­other good rain­fall

Tus­ket, Yar­mouth County, re­ported 99 mm of rain for Sept. 25-27

Tri-County Vanguard - - HOMES/NEWS - ERIC BOURQUE TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD

Fol­low­ing the lat­est rain­fall in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia, of­fi­cials with a cou­ple of lo­cal emer­gency mea­sures or­ga­ni­za­tions said ini­tia­tives to help peo­ple af­fected by this year’s drought would re­main in place, at least for now, although things are im­prov­ing.

“I’ve talked to quite a few peo­ple and the wells are com­ing up, slowly,” said Janine Muise, EMO co-or­di­na­tor for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle in Yar­mouth County, which, for the sec­ond straight week, re­ceived some sig­nif­i­cant rain.

Tus­ket re­port­edly got 99 mm be­tween Tues­day, Sept. 25, and Thurs­day, Sept. 27, and Wedge­port got 89 mm for the same pe­riod.

Other pre­cip­i­ta­tion to­tals in the tri-county re­gion for Sept. 25-27 in­cluded 75 mm in Yar­mouth, 43 mm in Port Mait­land, 42 mm in Shel­burne, 15 mm in Digby.

Con­tacted on the morn­ing of Fri­day, Sept. 28, Muise said the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle was con­tin­u­ing its ef­forts to help those im­pacted by this year’s ex­tended pe­riod of dry weather, in­clud­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of drink­ing water.

“Ev­ery­thing is still in place,” she said. “We haven’t stopped any­thing. We’ll keep it in place for a lit­tle while just to make sure.”

The prov­ince had just de­liv­ered an­other ship­ment of drink­ing water for the area, which would be di­vided among the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Ar­gyle, Bar­ring­ton and Yar­mouth. The water was be­ing stored at the Mariners Cen­tre.

For peo­ple whose wells are com­ing back up – par­tic­u­larly those whose wells went dry – Muise said it might be a good idea to have the wells tested, just to be safe.

On so­cial me­dia, many peo­ple were say­ing this most re­cent wel­come rain­fall helped their wells quite a bit.

In the neigh­bour­ing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton, EMO co­or­di­na­tor David Ken­drick said the lat­est rain would help, although he said the Bar­ring­ton area had re­ceived less pre­cip­i­ta­tion than Yar­mouth County.

Still, he said, even be­fore the lat­est rain, there were signs the sit­u­a­tion was get­ting bet­ter, given lo­cal fire de­part­ments had de­liv­ered less water to peo­ple and Bar­ring­ton’s arena had seen fewer peo­ple com­ing to use its shower fa­cil­i­ties.

“Af­ter this rain, I think there’ll be more (im­prove­ment),” Ken­drick said.

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Ar­gyle and Bar­ring­ton have been among the ar­eas hit hard­est by this year’s dry spell, as they were by the drought of 2016.

Are dry sum­mers go­ing to be more com­mon, as some have sug­gested? Muise said of­fi­cials have to con­sider this pos­si­bil­ity and pre­pare for it.

“I think the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has to re­ally look at – and that’s what we’re go­ing to be do­ing – what things can be put in place, long-term,” she said. “This has hap­pened twice in three years.”

And more res­i­dents seem to be tak­ing action too, she said, not­ing that there has been grow­ing in­ter­est in a mu­nic­i­pal pro­gram to help peo­ple up­grade their wells.

‘There’s been a lot of peo­ple in­ves­ti­gat­ing that (pro­gram) to dig new wells or dig their ex­ist­ing wells deeper,” she said.

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