NDP

Belliveau asking Minister for update on addressing drought

September 14, 2016


SHELBURNE – Queens-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau is calling on Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office (EMO), to provide an update on what the provincial government is doing to help address the water shortage in the southwest region.  Residents continue to scramble to find enough water for basic use due to a severe shortage of rain over the last two months.

“The EMO aims to ensure the safety and security of Nova Scotians by providing a prompt and coordinated response to an emergency. I think it is time for Minister Churchill to give people in the southwest region an update on how the government is working with municipalities and local officials to address this increasingly dire situation.” Belliveau said. “We need to be able to assess what is being done and determine if there are more actions that should be taken.”

Belliveau has heard concerns from people throughout the region about accessing water during the drought. In particular, there are concerns regarding people who cannot afford to purchase drinking water and people who lack the mobility to access the limited water supplies available in the area.

Fortunately, various first responders, local officials, and residents have stepped up to the plate during this difficult time.

“This drought has created multiple problems for people in the region. From firefighters to ground search and rescue to local EMO officials to residents who have volunteered to help their neighbours, I want to offer my sincere thanks for all their efforts,” said Belliveau.

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881.