Hurricane Dorian recovery update Sept 9 7:50pm

Hi folks, hope you and yours are doing as well as can be expected post hurricane.

The municipality will come slowly back to life tomorrow but you can expect things to be late, and full of detours and unexpected delays.

All cell towers have been restored so service should be improving shortly. Municipal clean-up operations are running around the clock, with the aid of extra contractors and the Canadian Armed Forces. The military is now on the ground and they will be focused in the Preston’s, Dartmouth North and North Dartmouth.

If you can please stay off roads so that crews can safely remove trees and debris and Nova Scotia Power can safely restore power.  Monday is a great day to work from home, if you are able.

Here are is some key info about tomorrow:

Public School – Children should thank Minister Churchill for closing all public schools in Nova Scotia tomorrow.  I think that was the right move, thanks Zack!

Garbage (or as we call it now solid waste) – Collection tomorrow (Monday) has been cancelled on Halifax peninsula only because of road conditions. Monday Sept. 16 will include a full collection of garbage, organics, and recycling. All other Monday collection is going ahead.

Branches and organics – branches should be tied in armload-sized bundles, to a maximum of 10 bundles, for collection day over the next two weeks. No bundle can exceed 34 kg (75 lb) and no individual piece can be more than 4 feet long (1.2 m) or larger than 8 inches (0.2m) in diameter. The bundle limit will increase from five to 10 to accommodate clean up efforts for the next two weeks.

Transit – Halifax Transit will be operating tomorrow – expect delays and detours to be the norm however due to road conditions.  Please considering taking the bus over the next couple of days. This will assist work crews with their clean-up efforts by reducing the number of vehicles on the roads.

Power and internet – Most of the peninsula is projected to get power back tonight sometime.  This means most businesses can open tomorrow.

If your power is still off after your neighbours are connected, you can report that, or report outages and also receive the latest estimated times of restoration via the outage map at nspower.ca or call by calling 1-877-428-6004. Call your service provider if your internet and phone are down. Reminder, the mast that connects your home to the power grid belongs to the building owner (see below)

Halifax Water – operating normally, open for regular business hours Monday, September 9.

Parks – parks are closed!  So all you lovely people walking in Shubie and Point Pleasant should know you are taking a risk as the trees have not been assessed.  Parks may not be safe to enter. Please stay tuned for updates.

Recreation – please call ahead to confirm the facility you want to attend is open.

Library – please call ahead or check website and social media to see what is open. Due to continued power issues, not all of the HPL website functionality is available, such as user account logins. They hope to have the website returned to normal operations as soon as possible.

HRM offices – open tomorrow (Monday) except where power is not restored.

Final notes:

As always, help your neighbours, lend a hand, be kind, and be patient.

Continue to call 911 in an emergency. Call 311 for downed trees and flooding. Call NSPI for power for downed lines 877-428-6004.

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