Municipal fires and impacts update – June 10, 3:30 p.m.

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Municipal fires and impacts update – June 10, 3:30 p.m.

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following updates to municipal services as well as supports to those impacted by the fires.

The recovery phase continues, and regular updates will continue to be provided by the municipality summarizing key developments.

Evacuation orders lifted

As previously announced, the municipality further lifted evacuation orders for most of the Phase 3 area.

Please note: The municipality will be lifting evacuation orders for a combination of individual properties and streets moving forward when it is safe to do so. As such, the provincial emergency alert system will no longer be used.

Future openings will be communicated via a public service announcement, social media posts, updates to as well as outreach from municipal staff to individuals whose properties are located in the areas where the evacuation orders are being lifted.

Solid waste

Spoiled food drop-off bins will be available on Saturday, June 10 until 8 p.m. – as well as on Sunday, June 11 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – at the following locations:

  • Across from 229 Winslow Drive
  • Cul de sac at end of Westwood Boulevard

Additional spoiled food-drop off bins will remain available on Saturday, June 10 until 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • 15 Park Terrace
  • Cul de sac at the end of Yew Street
  • 53 Sylvania Terrace
  • Cox Lake Road at the boat launch
  • High Timber Playground
  • Cul de sac at end of Aralia Lane

Note: The food-drop off bins at the High Timber Playground and the Cul de sac at the end of Aralia Lane will no longer be open on Sunday, June 11.

The municipality thanks residents for following the below guidelines:

  • Glass jars (with contents) must be kept separate and placed in the totes that are onsite
  • No garbage
  • No leaf/yard waste
  • Packaged food is permitted

Residents who need to dispose of their refrigerators and freezers are asked to:

  • Remove the contents;
  • Contact 311 or fill out this online form to submit a request to remove the refrigerant gases (CFCs); and,
  • Place the item(s) curbside on the next regular garbage collection day once the CFCs have been safely removed.

Regular organics and recycling collection for those residents who will be re-entering the Phase 3 evacuation area will occur on Monday, June 12 – and garbage limits will be relaxed on Monday, June 19. Residents are reminded that collection can begin as early as 7 a.m.

Residents who require a new green bin are asked to contact 311.

Well-water testing

Residents can pick up and drop off well-water testing kits at the Upper Hammonds Plains Community Centre (711 Pockwock Road, Hammonds Plains) on the below dates and times.

Note: Residents are reminded that the sample can only be taken after five days of water being run through taps in the home. Water does not need to be running constantly, it can be turned on and off over the course of five days before taking the sample.

  • Sunday, June 11: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, June 12: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 16: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The samples must be collected no more than one hour before they are dropped off.

Resources for residents returning to properties

Residents returning to homes that have not been directly impacted by fire damage can access provincial information on health and safety considerations. Residents are also urged to use extreme caution and follow provincial guidelines on personal protective equipment.

Please visit or follow @hfxgov on Twitter for all updates.


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