December storms took out shorelines

Raissa Tetanish
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An aerial photograph shows a farmer's tilled field along the Northumberland Shore not long after storm surges in December. The storm surges caused the shoreline to be moved back in many places, some by an easy 10 feet. Submitted photo

AMHERST - Some of the banks along the Northumberland shore lost as much as 10 feet thanks to storm surges in December.


Tim Webster, research scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group with the Nova Scotia Community College, has been looking at the shorelines in both Cumberland and Pictou counties and said the storms this past winter "chewed out significant amounts" of the shoreline.

"There are places where there was easily 10 feet of shoreline lost," said Webster, who will be speaking to the Department of Natural Resources in Oxford this afternoon about what he's found, followed by the Municipality of Cumberland County on Tuesday.

"We had rented an aircraft and flew along the coast. We took photos that shows where a farmer had tilled his field up and the last two or three rows (before the bank) were eaten up in the storm."

Webster said he and his team of researchers surveyed the damage from Tidnish down to Heather Beach.

Days before Christmas, severe wind and rain hammered the Northumberland coast, flooding many areas, including Jackson's Point.

Webster said a recommendation for the landscape is more armoring constructed. Another recommendation is to have the coastlines mapped and to capture the information on damage before the seasonal landowner returns and cleans up the property.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Applied Geomatics Research Group, Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Northumberland, Cumberland County, AMHERST Pictou Oxford

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