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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE–Help for Residents Affected by Water Shortage in Southwest Nova Scotia

Government is helping residents affected by the water shortage in southwestern Nova Scotia.

The Emergency Management Office has been working with municipalities for several weeks to make sure residents with dry wells have access to drinking water.

“Municipalities, volunteer fire departments, ground search and rescue, and other organizations have pulled together to help residents whose wells are dry,” said Zach Churchill, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “I want to thank them for the excellent job they have done responding to this unprecedented situation.”

With dry conditions expected to continue, the office is working with the Retail Council of Canada and the Red Cross to arrange for water to be donated to residents. Government is purchasing water and will also work with other industry partners to source more as needed.

“Retail has a strong presence in every community along the South Shore and we welcome the opportunity to help during this time of need,” said Jim Cormier, director, Atlantic Canada, Retail Council of Canada. “We are committed to the communities we serve and will continue to work through the Red Cross and Emergency Management Office to provide assistance.”

In Argyle, three schools – École Belleville, École Pubnico-Ouest, and École Par-en-Bas – will be open before and after school hours for showers. Drumlin Heights school in Yarmouth will also be open.

The Islands provincial park in Shelburne County is open daily for showers.

Emergency Management Office staff will continue to work with municipalities to identify and address their needs.

For more information on services available, visit http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/.

Source: Release

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