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HRM Services Restored to Normal Levels
(Monday, November 15/04)--
All municipal services have been restored to their normal service
levels following the weekend storm, and Halifax Regional Municipality
is downsizing its Emergency Operations centre.
The municipality’s EMO operations centre is expected to closed at 6 p.m. and open again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, with drastically reduced representation from various HRM business units and outside agencies around the table.
However, HRM is receiving numerous calls from residents who are without shelter/food/heat and are unable to stay with family or friends until power outages are restored.
Persons in those circumstances are advised not to call HRM, but to contact the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (during regular business hours) to have their case assessed. The numbers are:
Sheet Harbour Office 885-2974
Cole Harbour Office 435-7472
Sackville Office 869-3600
Metro Office 424-4150 / 424-1600
Lakeside Office 876-0580
Halifax Regional Police is expecting to re-open all streets within Burnside Park later tonight, providing Nova Scotia Power crews have finished clearing and removing downed main power transmission lines there. The industrial park and much of the surrounding north Dartmouth neighbourhood remains without power, so Burnside employees are advised to contact their immediate supervisor to learn whether their employer will be open for business tomorrow (Tuesday).
A comfort centre has been established at the new HRM fire station at 45 Highfield Park Drive. Staffed by volunteers from the Canadian red Cross, it provides the opportunity for area residents without electricity to visit, warm-up and enjoy a hot drink. The centre cannot provide overnight accommodation for residents.
The Red Cross is also staffing another comfort centre at the Lakeside fire hall, 26 Myra Road. Residents in the Lakeside, Timberlea and St. Margaret’s Bay areas without power are invited to drop by for a visit.
Snow and ice crews are making good progress on storm clean-up throughout HRM, although
considerable work remains to be completed in the Bedford-Sackville areas because of the large accumulation of snow.
Metro Transit service is expected to be operating at regular schedules tomorrow.
Inquiries regarding power outages should be directed to the Nova Scotia Power Corporation.
Corporate Communications Officer
(902) 490-6531 (902) 476-3802 (cell)