© Kirk Starratt
High water near Kentville's Brooklyn Street.
The Nova Scotia government is accepting applications from municipalities for two funding programs to help assess long- and short-term flood risks, and make infrastructure changes to reduce their vulnerability to flooding.
Heavy rains, high tides, ice jams, erosion and storm surges mean flooding is an ongoing concern throughout Nova Scotia while climate change is also expected to increase the risk of flooding in the future.
Financial support is available under the Flood Assessment Fund and Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program.
The Flood Assessment Fund, now in its second year, helps municipalities identify areas at risk of flooding, and develop strategies to limit those risks. Total funding for 2014-15 of $150,000 will cover up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses. The deadline for applications is July 1.
Funds can be used to develop: information and maps identifying flood-prone areas, as well as the extent of their potential effects; possible solutions to help lessen the damaging effects of floods such as policy and planning, infrastructure and public engagement as well as communications to people and partners through educational materials and tools.
The Flood Assessment Fund application form and guidelines for applicants are available online. Applications are due May 30.