Damage from recent storms and flooding in southwestern Nova Scotia is estimated at $5.6 million, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Jan. 6. Families and businesses in these communities were hard hit by heavy rainfall and severe flooding between Nov. 4 and 10. “Nova Scotians have had their lives and livelihoods put on hold because of the damage from this extreme weather,” said Premier Dexter. “They need help now to get their lives back to normal. Knowing the estimated cost of repairs brings the province another step closer to being able to offer that help.” The initial damage estimate includes costs to repair damages to provincial and municipal infrastructure, including bridges and roads, as well as estimated uninsurable damages to private property. “We will be asking Ottawa for federal aid,” said Premier Dexter. “And we will have more information on available help for Nova Scotians with uninsurable property damage from this storm very soon.” From Nov. 4-10, about 200 millimetres of rain fell in some areas of Nova Scotia, causing severe flooding and damage to homes and infrastructure. Since August, Nova Scotia has experienced six weather events that caused widespread damage in areas across the province. Costs for damages from the August flash flooding in Meat Cove and the November overland flooding in parts of south western Nova Scotia are estimated to exceed $13-million. Damage assessments for the four December storms are expected to list millions more in damages. During a major weather event and in the days following, the province, municipalities, service providers and not-for-profit organizations work together to ensure people are safe and have the care and essential services they need. Repairing damaged infrastructure, restoring services and returning displaced residents to their homes as quickly as possible is the focus. Once critical needs are met, attention shifts to helping communities recover. An important part of recovery is determining the full extent of the damages and what repairs will cost.