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Cumberland County launches wood, brush removal program

The Municipality of Cumberland is launching a program to assist people with collecting brush and wood left on their properties following September’s post-tropical storm Fiona.

Under the program, which was announced during council’s October regular meeting on Oct. 26, people will be able to call the county’s main office to have brush and wood leftover from the tropical storm disposed of.

“There may be some residents who have been unable to remove brush or wood from their yards,” the county’s director of engineering and operations Justin Waugh-Cress said. “We want to support these people by offering this request-driven program.”

The county is accepting requests by telephone only at its Upper Nappan service centre at 902-667-2313.

Waugh-Cress said staff will collect the requests until Monday, Nov. 7 and co-ordinate its response after that date.

Waugh-Cress said wood and brush must be in an area that can be safely accessed and must be cut into a size that can be easily handled by hand. There will be no heavy equipment on hand for this project. He stressed staff will not have chainsaws and will not be able to cut the wood before removing it.

Debris collected will be disposed of at the county’s construction and demolition transfer stations or other suitable municipal property.

Wood chips and salvage will be placed in mixed piles at the Pugwash transfer station, the McGee Street property in Springhill and the Swan Creek Landfill site in Parrsboro.

Materials at these locations will be available to the public, but the cutting of wood and brush by the public will not be permitted at these sites. Details on when this wood will be available will be released later.

Following post-tropical storm Fiona on Sept. 23 and 24, the municipality did provide locations for residents to dispose of brush and wood from their yards. There was also support from the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables and the Canadian Armed Forces to cut and move trees that were obstructing residents’ enjoyment of their properties. However, this program did not remove wood and brush from the properties.