Cape Breton – Richmond MLA Alana Paon says the Liberal Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Lloyd Hines must address long standing flooding issues on the Loch Lomond Road.
Visitors to the area, John and Marilyn Clements, were left stranded on April 29 after their car was totally submerged on the Loch Lomond Road (photo attached). The Clements, from New Victoria, were dog sitting for their friend who lives in Loch Lomond. On Sunday, they were travelling on the road when things took a turn for the worst.
“We were travelling very slowly, we were taking our time because we knew there were potholes,” says Marilyn Clements. “Suddenly, the front of our car dipped in and water started to come up over the hood. My husband was quick to act and opened the windows before it was too late. It started to submerge so fast; everything just happened so fast. I don’t even remember unbuckling my seatbelt.”
Paon says what happened to the Clements is completely unacceptable and terrifying. This is the second time Paon has asked the minister to address the flooding issues on the Loch Lomond Road. In March, the road flooded leaving a TIR truck and TIR employees immersed in water.
“What the Clements experienced is horrific and could have ended in a tragedy. They are fortunate to have been able to escape,” says Paon. “In March, I asked Minister Hines if his department would take immediate action to avoid further dangerous circumstances from occurring. No action has yet been taken. It’s time for Minister Hines to resolve this serious issue before someone is injured or loses their life.”
Paon also again raises that there is no cellphone service in that area.
“No part of our province should be without cellular phone service,” says Paon. “I’m concerned for the safety of residents, as well as, visitors to the area. We’re entering into tourist season and something needs to be done before we have higher volumes of traffic in the area.”
Paon will continue to fight for improved conditions on the Loch Lomond Road until the issues are resolved.