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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Nova Scotians are cleaning up after a winter storm

Nova Scotians are cleaning up after a winter storm.

Key takeaways:

  • After the region was hit by a mix of heavy, wet snow, rain, and high winds on Saturday, several Nova Scotians spent the day cleaning it up.
  • According to Nova Scotia Power, crews had restored power to 84% of all customers who had lost service at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Several Nova Scotians spent Saturday cleaning it up after the region was hit by a mix of heavy, wet snow, rain, and high winds.

In the province, slick roads resulted in a few collisions. Around 10 p.m. Friday in Cape Breton, a transport truck jackknifed and slammed into a guardrail before crashing into the Bras d’Or lake.

According to RCMP, the truck driver escaped with minor injuries.

Cpl. Chris Marshall of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said, “He managed to escape the transport truck before it submerged.” “He was treated on the place before being transported to the hospital.”

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THOUSANDS WERE LEFT IN THE DARK AFTER THE STORM.

Power outages were widespread across the province as a result of the weather. 80,000 customers were without power during the storm. According to Nova Scotia Power, crews had restored power to 84% of all customers who had lost service at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“We have around 400 people on the ground throughout the province responding to this storm – powerline technicians, forestry workers, damage assessors, and others,” stated Sean Borden, Nova Scotia Power Storm Lead, in a news release. 

Nova Scotians are cleaning up after a winter storm.
Nova Scotians are cleaning up after a winter storm. Image from CBC

“Hundreds of people are also working behind the scenes to assist with the restoration.” Our crews and teams will keep working to restore power safely and quickly.”

According to Nova Scotia Power, overnight, areas such as Clare, Digby, Bridgetown, Kingston, and Coldbrook were hit by substantial amounts of heavy snow and high winds. 

While portions of the eastern shore and Cape Breton experienced some of the province’s strongest winds, gusting to over 100 km/hr.

HALIFAX RAISES THE PARKING BAN

The Halifax Regional Municipality said in a news release that cleanup operations were underway in all areas, with a focus on priority routes. The majority of huge thoroughfares, as per the city, are clear and passable.

The overnight winter parking ban has been lifted in both Zone 1 – Central and Zone 2 – Non-Central.

Due to the storm, green cart selection services for Halifax, Sackville, Fall River, Waverley, Cole Harbour, Westphal, and  Cherry Brook will take place on Friday, Jan. 21, instead of Friday Jan. 7.

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