Barrington grateful to those who helped during dry spell

Eric Bourque
Published on November 16, 2016

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BARRINGTON -- If there was anything good that came out of this year’s drought, it was how people and organizations came forward to help others.

With this in mind, the Municipality of Barrington has organized an appreciation breakfast, a free event for the Barrington-area public.

Scheduled for Nov. 19 at the Island and Barrington Passage fire hall (and catered by Tony Ross and Nichole Hopkins), the breakfast is a chance for the municipality to express its gratitude to those who contributed in some way to helping people make it through this year’s dry spell.

“It’s a thank you to everybody that stepped up to the plate and helped those that needed it,” said Barrington Warden Eddie Nickerson.

Contacted a few days prior to the event, he offered some examples of groups that played a role in assisting those who had little or no water.

“Like ground search and rescue,” he said, “they certainly did their part and their members volunteered to disperse water at their location in Barrington Passage. It was drinking water there that was basically handed out by those guys to anybody that needed it.”

Others who offered assistance in one way or another included fish plants and other local businesses, as well as municipal staff and members of the general public, the warden said.

“It was an entire community effort,” he said.

The drought of 2016 was a unique experience for many people in Shelburne and Yarmouth counties, the region of Nova Scotia most affected by a prolonged lack of rainfall.

“It was a situation that we’ve never really seen before,” Nickerson said.

He said there remained people who had little water coming back in their wells, although most residents had seen quite an improvement thanks to recent rain.

Follow-up work – determining where people still are having problems – is ongoing, the warden said.