Storm thrashes deteriorating seawall, instills anxiety in Cape Breton village

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GABARUS, N.S. - A storm that has battered an already deteriorating and aging seawall has renewed calls for its repair from residents of the tiny Nova Scotia village.

Resident Tim Menk says rough surf on Friday has further twisted the structure in several places and some planks and beams have been blasted away, instilling anxiety in the residents who live near the 70-year-old barrier.

Menk says the local fishing industry, road access to the 300-year-old village and several private homes are at risk if the wall fails — now more than ever.

Menk is part a community group called the Friends of Gabarus that has been in a battle to find the money to fix the 400-metre structure.

In December, the federal government concluded it is not responsible for the wall, saying it sits almost entirely on Nova Scotia-owned land.

But the province has argued the seawall is federally owned and it's Ottawa's responsibility to fix it.

Geographic location: Cape Breton, GABARUS, Nova Scotia Ottawa

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