Municipal update on the impacts of post-tropical storm Lee – September 17, 5:45 p.m.

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Municipal update on the impacts of post-tropical storm Lee – September 17, 5:45 p.m.

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following updates and impacts to municipal services as a result of post-tropical storm Lee. Municipal service adjustments will continue to be made. For the latest information, visit our website.


All municipal roads are open.

Crews are working around the clock to clear tree waste, brush, and branches from roads and bike lanes. Safety is a top priority, and staff will continue to clear debris until the work is complete. Please use caution.

Due to the extended power outages across the municipality, many traffic lights are not working. Residents are reminded that if traffic lights are not working, they are to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Residents are requested to report any damage to 311.

Register for hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system to receive urgent and non-urgent public alerts by phone, email or text. Sign up here.

For more information about what residents can do in the wake of the severe weather,  visit our website.

Solid Waste

Residents are reminded that there is weekly green cart collection. As part of this service, tree waste bundles are accepted. The acceptable limits are five tree waste bundles. Tree waste should be tied in armload-sized bundles. No bundle can exceed 75 pounds and no individual piece can be more than four feet long or larger than eight inches in diameter. Up to 20 paper bags of yard waste will also be accepted.

For more information, visit our website.

Parks and Recreation Centres

Most municipal Recreation Centres will operate normal hours on Monday, September 18. Due to power outages, some facilities may remain closed. Please call ahead to your local Recreation Centre for more information.

The Halifax Public Gardens and Point Pleasant Park will reopen on Monday, September 18; however, Camp Hill Cemetery will remain closed until further notice.

There are still areas in several municipal parks that require clean up from downed trees and debris from the storm. Residents are reminded to adhere to signage and to stay clear of barricaded areas.

Residents are also advised to check field conditions on our website.

Halifax Transit

Ferry, conventional bus and Access-A-Bus trips are expected to continue as scheduled on Monday, September 18. Updates are shared on, as well as Twitter (X).

Helping address homelessness

As previously announced, the Province of Nova Scotia operated the following emergency shelters for those experiencing homelessness as of 6 p.m. on Friday, September 15:

  • Captain Spry Community Centre (16 Sussex Street, Halifax)
  • St. Matthew’s Church (1479 Barrington Street, Halifax)
  • Beacon House (125 Metropolitan Avenue, Lower Sackville)

The emergency shelter at Beacon House will continue to operate until 8 a.m. on Monday, September 18. The emergency shelters at Captain Spry Community Centre and St. Matthew’s Church were closed today.

Well water

Residents who have a private well or draw water from nearby lakes or other water bodies usually use pumps to supply water to their homes and buildings. During a power outage, this can be interrupted, and there is also the potential for water contamination from surface flooding and pollution. For more information and resources, visit the Province of Nova Scotia’s website.

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