Hurricanes

Notifications & Service Updates

Date and Time of Update: 2:30 p.m., Sept. 15, 2019
Status: CRANE UPDATE: The municipality continues to restrict vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the collapsed construction crane on South Park Street. An evacuation order is also in effect for several addresses near the crane site.

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The work site is under the control and authority of the provincial Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

A specialized mechanical sweeper has been leased and is now operational on municipal streets. This equipment has the capacity to deal with large debris that the current fleet equipment isn’t designed to handle. Across the municipality, significant clean-up efforts have been underway since Sunday. Debris and tree removal has ensured main arteries on the peninsula are passable with caution. Members of the municipal urban forestry teams are busy identifying priority locations and crews, with support from contractors, are working to chip and remove downed trees, clean up debris, and replanting trees that can be saved.

For safety reasons, residents are advised to NOT attempt to assist with clearing downed trees in the municipal right-of-way. Those trees will be handled by professional crews. However, residents are responsible for tree maintenance on their own properties.

On Monday evening, an evacuation order was issued for occupants of several properties near South Park Street. This was necessary to protect the safety of residents living near a construction crane that collapsed during Hurricane Dorian.

Comfort Centres and Water Distribution Sites Two comfort centres are operating today: Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre (open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and the Sheet Harbour Legion (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.). The emergency shelter at the Canada Games Centre, that was offering overnight accommodations, is closed. Unlike emergency shelters, comfort centres are intended as a short-term resource and do not offer overnight accommodations. The status of comfort centres will be assessed and updated on an ongoing basis.

Water distribution sites for those affected by water shortages (no power results in no ability to pull water from private wells) have been set up at the Chezzetcook Fire Station (Station 23) and Herring Cove Fire Station (Station 60), Sheet Harbour (Station 28), from 7:30am-530pm..

Parks & Recreation All sports fields, artificial turf fields and ball diamonds have reopened. Many municipal parks have reopened, with the notable exceptions Victoria Park and Camp Hill. Point Pleasant Park has reopened to visitors (as of 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14). Some sections of the park, in particular Prince of Wales Dr., Heather Rd. and the lower parking lot, will remain closed due to ongoing cleanup efforts. Please exercise caution along the shore and keep to the paths. Please keep pets on a leash when approaching working staff. These were some of the hardest hit parks which sustained extensive tree damage as a result of strong winds. The public can help with the clean-up effort by NOT entering Point Pleasant Park. Given its size and multiple access points, it may appear that there was no damage to the park, however there are a number of areas which are unsafe with downed trees. It is important that the public stay out of Point Pleasant Park until future notice. This will allow crews to finish their work more quickly and open the park sooner.
Solid Waste Collection Regularly scheduled collection for Monday, Sept. 9 was cancelled for those residents who live on the Halifax peninsula only. Collection for these residents will occur Monday (Sept. 16), and will include a full collection of garbage, organics, and recycling. Due to the skipped pick-up date, residents can put double the number of garbage bags at the curb as normal.

It is the responsibility of residents to manage tree waste from their private property. The municipality has increased its limit from five to a maximum of 10 bundles of branches that can be tied in armload-sized bundles for curbside collection. Residents are limited to 10 bundles as the composting facilities are nearing capacity due to increased tree waste and food waste due to spoilage. This weekly curbside service is free of charge and has been extended until at least Sept. 30

For residents whose green bins are at capacity, collection bins have been set up at Miller Compost at 80 Gloria McCluskey Avenue in Dartmouth and Ragged Lake Compost at 61 Evergreen Place in Halifax for disposal of de-packaged spoiled fridge or freezer food waste. These facilities are open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents are also reminded that weekly green bin collection will continue until Sept. 30

We request that no bundle of branches exceed 75 lb (34 kg) and no individual piece be more than 4 feet long (1.2 m) or larger than 8 inches (0.2m) in diameter. This size limitation is due to what can fit in the collection vehicle and what can be processed by the equipment at the composting facilities. Any materials larger than this can be delivered to construction and demolition locations at Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd. (16 Mills Dr. in Goodwood, or 188 Ross Rd. in Westphal). Note: A fee is charged by these private service providers

Due to federal regulations, the movement of ash materials, including logs, branches and wood chips, and all species of firewood from the municipality is restricted to reduce the spread of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). If you need to move these materials out of EAB regulated areas (the municipality), please contact your local CFIA office to request written authorization.

Residents are also asked to reduce the potential spread of EAB within the municipality by leaving debris curbside in armload-sized bundles, or by taking it to a C&D recycling facility. The movement of debris from one property to another should be avoided. This includes, but is not limited to ash materials.

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 14, Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd. will be extending their hours to accept residential tree waste, such as trunks, brush, branches and limbs as a result of Hurricane Dorian. To support residents, the municipality is covering fees at Halifax C&D locations. The municipality is also exploring options to open additional sites for debris drop-off, details will follow early next week. Tree waste will not be accepted via commercial roll-offs or tandem trucks. Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd (with locations at 16 Mills Dr. in Goodwood and 188 Ross Rd. in Westphal) will be extending hours as follows: Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 to Friday, Sept. 20: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This service will be at no cost to residents. For construction and demolition debris, regular business hours of Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd. do apply.
Targeted Street Restrictions

Targeted street restrictions - ranging from street closures and parking bans to traffic control at select locations - will be enforced in peninsular Halifax beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. These restrictions are necessary to facilitate tree removal operations in the area.

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Beginning Monday afternoon (Sept. 16), and continuing through every morning and afternoon peak period for the coming days, there will be no left turns permitted onto Cathedral Lane from Spring Garden Road or from University Avenue. Right turns onto Cathedral Lane from University Avenue will also be prohibited.

Peak periods are considered 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The municipality is also restricting parking and stopping at all times along the west side of Cathedral Lane from Spring Garden Road to University Avenue. Motorists are asked to check signage before parking or stopping in the area.

The accessible parking space currently in place along the west side of Cathedral Lane will be moved around the corner to Spring Garden Road.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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