Cumberland Responds to Extended Storm Needs
Cumberland County set-up a contact line to help people without power connect with emergency services provided by the military and the Department of Natural Resources.
Mayor Murray Scott says people who need help with fallen trees and debris should call 902-667-2313 to be added to a growing list spreading from Westchester, Wentworth, Wallace, Malagash, and surrounding areas.
The tree clearing crews, including armed forces personnel, will be dispatched by Cumberland EMO.
Most residents in those areas are in day eleven without power, and Nova Scotia Power suggests it could be up to a week longer.
Mayor Scott credits the work of the power crews working long hours to restore power throughout a wide area of destruction. But, he also called on NSP to do more to soften the blow locally.
Speaking on Six Rivers Radio this morning, the mayor said NS Power management should set up a centre in Cumberland to assist residents who may suffer longer. He said they should provide water, perhaps fuel for generators, or financial aid to deal with the crisis.
The Mayor also said he would ask his council to consider some measure of financial relief for those during the extended outage.
Meanwhile, the county and the Red Cross are trying to equip the Wallace Fire Department with cots and supplies to convert the fire hall into an emergency shelter.
If successful, the county will announce details later this afternoon.
The fire department is currently serving as a comfort centre till 9:00 pm, offering water, some food, and device charging.
The Wentworth Fire Department is also offer the comfort services until 7:00 o’clock this evening.
Check the Storm Watch, on the front page of Six Rivers News, for service updates.
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