Weathering the Storm, Who to Call and What to do in the Wake of Last Month's Wonky Weather
Disaster Assistance in New Brunswick: The wind howled, the waves pounded our shorelines, and the rain came down in sheets. Last month brought a string of severe storms to the Maritimes. In their wake, wharfs were destroyed, tree were toppled, and businesses and homes were flooded. Now that the holidays are over, people are picking up the pieces and trying to figure out how to clean up Mother Nature's mess.
New Brunswick announced an assistance program within days of the most severe flooding. To tell us more about that program, we spoke with the director of emergency services, Ernie MacGillivray, in Fredericton.
Disaster Assistance in Nova Scotia: New Brunswick announced its disaster relief program within days of the December storms; but in Nova Scotia, it can take up to two months to put similar programs in place. To talk about what is happening in Nova Scotia, we reached Ramona Jennex. She's the minister of the Emergency Management Office.
Phone-in: In the Wake of the Storm: The Holidays were not the least bit restful or very joyous for many Maritimers this year. Heavy rains forced rivers to overflow throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Strong wings combined with high tides also caused serious damage along PEI's north shore and on the province's western tip. Today on the phone-in, two experts answered your questions about getting back on your feet after your home or your property has been damaged. Alan Keating is a carpenter and operator of Keating Construction in Sydney. Marlene Landry is manager of consumer and industry relations at the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
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