Nova Scotia

Flood-hit Meat Cove seeks donations

People in Meat Cove are seeking public donations to help rebuild their flood-damaged community.

People in Meat Cove are seeking public donations to help rebuild their flood-damaged community.

Heavy rains washed out the only road into the isolated community in northern Cape Breton last month. Several buildings were swept away or damaged.

Derrick MacLellan, head of the local development society, said campers and tourists who once visited Meat Cove are answering the call to help repair the boardwalk.

"People are generous," he told CBC News. "They feel really bad about what happened up here, to lose what we had."

With no road, Meat Cove was cut off from the rest of Cape Breton for several days. Visitors were ferried out by boat until a temporary bridge was erected.

MacLellan said the community has received about $30,000 from the municipalities of Victoria and Inverness counties, as well as the Nova Scotia government, to clean up debris and make repairs.

"It's not a whole lot of money, but it's something that will at least give some people immediate employment," he said.

MacLellan said anyone who wants to donate to the flood relief effort can do so at the Scotiabank in Ingonish.

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