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Statement from Mayor Nancy Peckford on Catastrophic Flooding in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland

November 26, 2021

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Mayor Nancy Peckford issued the following statement on the catastrophic flooding in BC, NS and southwestern NFLD:

On behalf of the Municipality of North Grenville, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of British Columbia, Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland as they confront the effects of catastrophic flooding.

The images alone do not convey the magnitude of destruction – from mudslides to roads being washed away, farms completely submerged underwater, entire communities evacuated or cut off from crucial supplies.   

We send our condolences to families who have lost loved ones, those who have been injured, or those have sustained the loss of property, pets and/or livestock.  

The realities of climate change are upon us, and we recognize that the impacts go beyond the respective regions that are directly affected. It has the potential to affect all Canadians – now and in the future.

As residents of North Grenville, and as Canadians, I urge the federal government to ensure a coherent and proactive response that recognizes the immediate destruction being experienced by the three provinces currently impacted, supports the long recovery for so many communities, farmers and residents, and plans appropriately for the infrastructure needs of the future as global weather patterns continue to shift, producing more dramatic weather events.

The Municipality of North Grenville, like many municipalities across Canada, is working hard to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change, through improved approaches to waste management, road maintenance, drainage, more options for active transportation, as well as proactive planning for electrical vehicle charging stations and networks.