More help with hurricane cleanup

Provincial staff are preparing to do more work to remove downed trees and clean up debris caused by Hurricane Fiona.

“Most of us have insurance, but we understand that there are people who don’t have the resources to repair the damage caused by fallen trees in the storm,” said Brian Comer, Minister of Addictions and Mental Health and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton East. , on behalf of Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewable Energy. “Provincial staff have already done tremendous work leading the way in restoring power, including helping to cut down trees on private land, and we are deploying them again to help those most in need. I deeply appreciate my colleagues, including my fellow Cape Breton MLA, John White, for helping to develop plans for more support.

Owners of apartment buildings and tenants damaged by the storm should first contact their insurance company about their coverage. People without insurance or whose insurance is insufficient to cover costs can apply for assistance through the Disaster Financial Assistance Program. There are also programs for small businesses and nonprofits.

The Ministry will work with municipalities where the state of emergency applied after the storm. Municipalities will help determine which residents do not have sufficient support through insurance or programs to remedy their situation within a reasonable time. People who need this help should call their municipality to be considered.

More than 50 employees, as needed, will be deployed starting next week. They will work in the field to clean up fallen trees and debris, but lack the equipment or expertise to deal with certain situations, such as trees that have fallen on houses and buildings or are in contact with meter masts or other parts of the power distribution system. . The government continues to explore options for providing this type of support.

Fast facts:

  • the Department coordinated over 200 employees from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec who spent three weeks clearing trees and debris so power could be restored, with a focus on Cape Town -Breton and eastern Nova Scotia; where possible, they removed trees that were preventing people from getting in and out of their homes
  • people who are unsure if their insurance covers hurricane damage should contact their broker or insurance company, or the Insurance Bureau of Canada at 1-844-227-5422


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