Here is a quick summary of snow removal and recovery activity after the biggest storm we have ever experienced on record in HRM.
Crews are reporting significant progress in clearing and widening the streets across the Halifax region, due in part to the exceptional cooperation of residents in finding off-street parking over the past 24 hours.
For more information on the ongoing storm cleanup and impacts on municipal services, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow
NO PARKING ON STREET DAY AND NIGHT
To assist with the ongoing cleanup there is a total ban on-street parking any time, day or night, for the next couple days. Do not park on-street or your car may be ticketed and possibly towed.
HOW TO GET HELP OR LET US KNOW ABOUT ISSUES
Call 911 for emergencies. Call police non-emergency if there is a car parked in the road causing immediate safety hazards at 902-490-5020.
311 call volumes are 10 times normal and the waits are long. For non-urgent 311 concerns (from abandoned cars not causing hazards to giant snow boulders etc) please use this form rather than call: https://www.halifax.ca/forms/email_311.php
Do not hesitate to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), contact me via social media, or call me at 902-430-7822 for anything that does not fit into any of the above categories.
SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
Solid waste collection is cancelled this week, from Wednesday to Friday, and will not be rescheduled. The municipality will accommodate the missed collection by allowing double the regular garbage bag limit on Apr. 1, 2, and 4.
The first buses started rolling out at about 2 p.m. yesterday. A full regular bus and Access-A-Bus service is on the road today. Transit is FREE until Sunday.
RESIDENTIAL STREETS, SIDEWALKS
Progress is being made opening up residential side streets across the region, most of which have been punched out (ie: a single pass) by this morning. Work was slower than expected, as it requires larger equipment than typically used.
About half the sidewalks were opened up, including punching out crosswalks and bus stops; but it will still take several days to finish them all. Crews in the downtown areas have been instructed to focus on sidewalks around the business improvement districts.
CATCH BASINS & FIRE HYDRANTS
Halifax Water staff are helping municipal crews with clearing catch basins, which will help mitigate flooding in the coming days. Halifax Water is also looking into the status of clearing fire hydrants.
Residents are encouraged to continue clearing catch basins if they are aware of the location of their catch basin and can safely do the clearing work.