Update from HRM on the impacts of post-tropical storm Lee – Sep 17, 10:30am

HRM release:

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


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.

While crews have been deployed, some shoreline roads remain closed or limited access due to washouts and impassible conditions. See a map of closed roads due to downed trees, powerlines and washed out culverts. Crews and first responders continue to assess locations and the map will be updated as new areas are identified.

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 be opening at noon; however, there are centres still experiencing power outages, which will be closed until power is restored. Please call ahead to your local Recreation Centre for more information.

The Halifax Public Gardens, Point Pleasant Park and Camp Hill Cemetery are closed today.

As previously announced, all grass fields, all-weather fields and the Halifax Public Gardens will be closed this weekend. Residents may check field conditions on our website.

Halifax Transit

Ferry operations were restored this morning. 

Most conventional bus and Access-A-Bus trips are expected to continue as scheduled throughout the day. Updates are shared on halifax.ca/transit, as well as Twitter (X). 

Helping address homelessness

As previously announced, the Province of Nova Scotia has 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 will close today.

The municipality will provide transportation from emergency shelters to designated outdoor sheltering locations and encampments for those who require assistance.

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.

Halifax Public Libraries

All branches of Halifax Public Libraries will remain closed on Sunday, September 17. In the E-Library, there may be some disruptions to digital services, such as movie-streaming apps and e-books.

For more information, visit our website and follow us on Twitter (X)Facebook and Instagram.

Online urgent care services extended due to hurricane

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