Flood plan angers some residents in Perth-Andover
PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. - The New Brunswick government is spending $2.85 million on flood mitigation measures in Perth-Andover, but it stopped short of announcing plans to move houses that are in danger of flooding again.
A flood in March forced 500 of the village's 1,780 residents out of their homes and resulted in about $25 million in damage.
Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch (left) says the money announced today will be used to stabilize river banks and improve flood forecasting and the monitoring of ice jams.
Fitch faced some angry residents who say the government should have announced money to relocate homes to higher ground.
A report released two weeks ago on the flood suggested moving as many as 72 homes at a cost of about $8 million.
Al McPhail of a flood victims committee says the money Fitch announced could have moved 28 to 30 homes out of danger.
Fitch says the relocation of houses is being examined by the government and he expects to return to the community to make further announcements. (The Canadian Press)<