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Residents encouraged to join to ask questions, share info about flood risk and adaptation

TANTRAMAR, N.B. – Tantramar residents who are interested or concerned over the impact that climate-change related storm surges and freshwater flooding could have on the region now have another place to turn to ask questions or gather input.

The Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative has just launched a new Facebook group called Flood Prep Tantramar to stimulate discussion and share information about the flood risks facing the area.

Amanda Marlin, executive director of EOS Eco-Energy, said the Facebook page was introduced last week in an effort to get information out to the public about flood preparation and risks in an easily accessible way.

“It’s a nice forum for people to ask questions and share concerns,” said Marlin.

Local residents are encouraged to visit the page and join the group to start accessing information and add to the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/groups/floodpreptantramar/

The Tantramar Climate Change Collaborative, which is coordinated through EOS, includes government representatives from all three levels of government, local planners, researchers, other NGOs, EMOs, from both sides of the Tantramar border. The Collaborative was formed after extensive research was completed a couple years ago on climate change issues locally and there was a realization that the issues were far too big for any one group or community to tackle alone. The first annual workshop of the Collaborative was held in Jan. 2013. Out of that came a number of goals around planning/policy, infrastructure and dykes, education and outreach, and funding.

A working group was then established to help move those goals forward and now meets every few months. This working group came up with the idea for the Facebook group, where members from across the region can post information about flooding and how to stay safe. They can also: ask questions to local experts in the group; explore resources, reports and maps; post pictures of local flooding; and find out more about how the local dykes and infrastructure work and the maintenance they need.

Marlin said the Facebook group is already full of helpful information such as links to the Red Cross and their emergency kits and flood plans, as well as a link to sign up for the Sackville Sentinel system and information from the Insurance Board of Canada, and flood risk maps and local research.

Organizations: Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative, EOS Eco-Energy, Red Cross Sackville Sentinel Insurance Board of Canada

Geographic location: TANTRAMAR

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