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Mt. Thom couple awaits flood aid decision

A Pictou County couple says they're fed up waiting to find out if they'll be eligible to receive financial aid from the province after heavy rains ripped their driveway apart two months ago.

Can't get heating fuel after driveway washout

Stewart Cornelius and Tammie MacLeod in their driveway (CBC)

A Pictou County couple say they're fed up waiting to find out if they'll be eligible to receive financial aid from the province after heavy rains ripped their driveway apart two months ago.

Stewart Cornelius and Tammie MacLeod recently moved from Halifax to the Mt. Thom area. Heavy rain on Sept. 23 caused a lot of damage to their driveway.

MacLeod said she's worried it will only get worse unless it's repaired soon.

 "A little bit of frost gets in the ground and it's going to eat away what's remaining there in the driveway and it's going to be completely unstable," she said.

Fuel trucks can't get to the house because of this damage. (CBC)

 

Because of the damage, fuel trucks can't get to the house and the couple's oil tank is too far away for hoses to reach. Cornelius and MacLeod are buying furnace oil in portable cans.

Cornelius said it's changed how they live.

"We're just washing in cold water as much as we can, just trying to save on oil as much as we can. Boiling water in a kettle for the dishes, taking showers as cold as we can tolerate them."

Cornelius and MacLeod are waiting to hear from the government on whether or not they are eligible for financial help.

Their MLA, Charlie Parker, said a decision will be made soon.

MacLeod said she's worried stormy winter weather will arrive before the money does, pushing repairs back to next spring.

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