No shuttle for Darlings Island residents if flooding occurs
Province tells residents to be prepared in case island is cut off during spring flood
The province has announced it will not provide a shuttle to residents of Darlings Island if the only road to the community floods this spring.
But Brian Kenny, the minister of environment and local government, said the service is being discontinued due to safety concerns.
"With the flood waters there could be some faster moving water," he said.
"There could be chunks of ice or debris that make it unsafe to transport anyone by boat."
The province sent flyers to residents on the island alerting them to the change.
Last year the government cancelled the shuttle, but after an out-cry from residents, it was reinstated.
There could be chunks of ice or debris that make it unsafe to transport anyone by boat.- Brian Kenny, minister of environment and local government
Kenny said emergency measures will be in place, and is asking residents to have supplies in place and be prepared for being stuck on the island.
"It’s up to the residents to make sure they have enough supplies…to be able to stay put."
If flooding occurs, Kenny said EMO will be on site to monitor the situation and make a call on whether the road should be open to traffic.
Early reports from the province's River Watch say the snow is melting slowly.
"There may be no problems," Kenny said.