A mandatory evacuation order has been issued to about 250 to 300 individuals residing at the RayPort Campground located near Mahone Bay (Nova Scotia, Canada).
This drastic move comes as a response to escalating flooding issues, reflecting the broader challenges faced by campground owners across Nova Scotia due to the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
RayPort Campground, a cherished holiday spot nestled within the tranquil community of Martins River at 161 and 165 Shingle Mill Rd, is currently washed out according to CBC News.
The only conventional road leading in and out of the campground is currently submerged due to the overflowing Martins River.
“We have secured an alternative route … to safely evacuate campers onto the 103 highway at this time,” Lunenburg Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson said.
Such emergencies have resulted in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg declaring a state of emergency, underlining the severity of the current situation.
This move illustrates the vulnerability of private campgrounds and their guests to unforeseen natural disasters. It also signals a pressing need for contingency planning by campground owners and local authorities.
The evacuation, orchestrated by emergency officials, was announced on Monday at approximately 12:20 p.m. local time.
A press release from the municipality urged campers to “remain calm and follow the instructions of emergency personnel,” as they began the unprecedented evacuation procedure.
Everett Powell, a seasonal camper at RayPort, found himself caught in the turmoil. Having already departed for work using a back route cleared by residents using chainsaws and tractors, Powell left his RV, housing his two cats, behind.
The challenges facing the RayPort community extend to its management as well. Dave Eisnor, part of the team overseeing the campground alerted campers of the approaching crisis via Facebook, urging them to gather their essential belongings.
In an attempt to accommodate evacuees, the local government has encouraged individuals to seek shelter at their homes or with relatives and friends.
Those requiring immediate shelter have been directed to the Blockhouse Fire Hall near Exit 11 of Highway 103. This emergency procedure underscores the importance of community resources and networks during crisis situations.
For more information, visit the Lunenburg County Regional Emergency Management Organization’s Facebook page.
Featured image from RayPort Campground.