Severe Weather Events

Click here for information about how to how to stay safe before, during and after extreme weather, such as a hurricane. 

Residents are reminded to visit our comfort centre(s) for food and water, as well as a place to charge devices and receive up-to-date information. See below for more information on the comfort centre(s).

Below is the latest information regarding municipal service level adjustments as well as ongoing efforts to prepare for and respond to – Hurricane Fiona.

Notifications & Service Updates

 

Safety at home

The municipality is aware that there are several residents who have experienced significant damage to their homes and are still without power. If a resident has a safety concern with any electrical or water damage to their home, they can call 311 and request that a member of the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency team come to their residence to do a visual assessment of the property to ensure there are no safety issues.  Note that this is only for health and safety concerns with electrical or water hazards, it is not intended for any other purpose.

Water distribution 

Drinking water is being offered for those dealing with impacts from Hurricane Fiona and dry wells due to weather conditions.

The municipality is working alongside the Province of Nova Scotia and using its Joint Emergency Management (JEM) teams to ensure residents without water have access to drinking water.

Affected residents across the municipality can access drinkable water at the facilities below. Water will be available at these locations, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with the exception of Station 38 and 42, as outlined below).

- Station 23 – 5543 Highway #7, Chezzetcook Station 29 – 28975 Highway #7, Moser River
Station 38 – 36 Glenmore Road, Middle Musquodoboit (available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Monday to Friday)
Station 42 – 4132 #2 Highway, Wellington (exterior tap available 24/7
Station 48 – 1581 Beaver Bank Road
Station 56 – 8579 St Margarets Bay Road, Black Point
Station 62 – 2417 Old Sambro Road, Williamswood (available beginning on Tuesday, August 30)
Station 65 – 17 Scholars Road, Upper Tantallon

Each household will receive two litres per person per day, as well as one litre per day per pet. Residents may collect one week’s supply at a time.
Tree waste clearing and drop off locations

Motorists are reminded to avoid non-essential travel as crews are working around the clock to clear downed trees, brush and branches. Residents should be mindful that there are still numerous streetlights not working due to power outages and to respect rules of the road. 

Residents are asked to assist with clearing catch basins near their homes, if it is safe to do so, to reduce flooding and improve road safety.

Municipally-owned trees that fall on private property are being removed by the municipality. If a tree has fallen in the right of way and is blocking or impeding traffic, a sidewalk, or a bike lane – residents should call 311. For your own safety, residents are reminded to not remove trees in the right of way.

Trees located on private property are the sole responsibility of the homeowner. The municipality is not responsible for removing tree waste and brush from private property.

From Wednesday, September 28 to Wednesday, October 5 there will be a total of eight short-term tree waste drop-offs at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • 2 Lyle Street, Dartmouth
  • 26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax (located in the gravel lot between the Canada Games Centre and Soccer Nova Scotia)
  • 50 Cheviot Hill, Porters Lake
  • Kinsac Ballfield (near 1703 Beaver Bank Road), Beaver Bank
  • Sheet Harbour Community Centre, 183 Pool Rd, Sheet Harbour
  • Lake Charlotte Boat Launch, 11475 Highway 7, Lake Charlotte
  • Peace Park, 67 Park Road, Musquodoboit Harbour
  • Bayers Lake Industrial Park, 230 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Halifax

Please note that the drop-off location previously announced at 144 Thornhill Drive, Dartmouth is closed.

There is no charge for using this service for tree waste. Residents will be responsible for delivering and unloading all tree waste, brush and branches at these sites at their own risk.

Construction debris, bags or other waste will not be accepted at these locations.

Residents can dispose of construction debris at Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd. at 16 Mills Drive, Goodwood or 188 Ross Road, Dartmouth (cash-only payments at the Dartmouth location). This is a private business, and fees apply for disposal. For more information visit halifaxcdrecycling.ca.  

Residents are also asked to report downed municipal signs, crosswalk lights and streetlights to 311.

Solid waste collection

Due to road clearing operations and impacts to solid waste facilities, curbside collection was cancelled on Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27 on the Halifax Peninsula.  A supplemental green cart collection will occur in these areas on Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4.

Residents in the Prospect Road area – Goodwood, Hatchet Lake, Brookside, Whites Lake, Prospect Bay, and Terence Bay – whose collection was cancelled on Wednesday, September 28 will receive a supplemental green cart collection and double the garbage bag limit on Wednesday, October 12. 

Residents are reminded that if their street is not passable for collection vehicles, solid waste may not be collected. For more information visit halifax.ca/recycle.

For all residents, the municipality is currently accepting twice the amount of tree waste bundles for organics collection. Residents may set out 10 tree waste bundles as part of their scheduled organics collection day. Tree waste should be tied in armload-sized bundles. No bundle can exceed 75 pounds and no individual piece can be more than four feet long or larger than eight inches in diameter. Up to 20 paper bags of yard waste will also be accepted.

Single-unit homes are allowed a maximum of six bags of garbage for curbside collection. Residents may substitute up to five bags of garbage with bags or bundles of construction debris (such as lumber, old roofing, and drywall) for a total of six bags of garbage and bundles for collection. No bundles can exceed 75 pounds and no individual piece can be more than four feet long. No construction debris is permitted for collection from multi-unit dwellings.

Street closures

To support clean-up efforts by municipal crews and power restoration by Nova Scotia Power crews, the municipality may close select streets over the coming days. Residents are asked to take detours to avoid impacted streets.

Starting Sunday, September 25, a portion of Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth will be closed to traffic (see map).

Details regarding any future street closures will be communicated as information becomes available.

Postponed meetings & engagement sessions

The Regional Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27 will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m. The Public Hearing for Case 22257: Regional Plan Review: Phase 3 originally on the agenda for this meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m.

The Regional Centre Community Council meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, is postponed to a date to be determined. For more information, visit our website.

The District Boundary Review meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 and the engagement sessions scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at the Sackville Public Library and Thursday, September 29 at the Captain William Spry Community Centre have been postponed. Confirmed dates for the rescheduled meeting and engagement sessions will be shared once details are available.

Regional Council's Executive Standing Committee meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, September 26, is postponed to a date to be determined. 

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