Après Le Deluge…

The Cape Breton Spectator has not failed to notice what is happening in the CBRM this week. Like so many of you, I woke on Tuesday to find the power out. But I was at the bungalow, and when I returned to Sydney, I found the lights at my house were on. The only inconvenience I’ve faced is a 20-minute detour from King’s Road to Alexandra Street via Weidner Drive. (I know, cry me a river. Actually, no, don’t.)

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I have not written any storm-related stories for this edition, but please don’t think that’s because I don’t care. I most certainly do. I have sympathy for those of you still waiting for your lights to come on, gratitude for the power crews working to make that happen and real concern for those of you faced with flooded basements or worse.

Local media is doing a very good job of covering the storm and its aftermath, so I feel my job, as a reporter with the luxury to take more time and write at greater length, will be to take a closer look at the problems with our municipal infrastructure and the improvements that must be made if we are to better cope with storms like the one that hit last weekend.

In the meantime, I offer you what is probably going to become an old Cape Breton blessing, “May your power return before Nova Scotia Power’s estimated restoration time.”

The Editor

 

UPDATE

Photographer Sean O’Connell of Studio Seven in North Sydney took these storm damage photos and has kindly allowed The Spectator to reproduce them:

 

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