Nova Scotians are asked to remain patient and drive with caution as clean-up continues after the latest winter storm.
Most of the province experienced record single-day snowfalls, on top of snow from the previous storm. Several areas have reported ongoing high winds and whiteout conditions.
“Our staff and gear have been flat out across the province, 24/7 since the storm started. First and foremost I want to thank our hard-working crews for their ongoing efforts,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “We do not hold anything back when it comes to clearing our roads and keeping drivers safe. With this level of snow falling in such a short period of time, it will take more time than usual to clear what has built up.
“We understand the frustration, but ask that Nova Scotians continue to be patient as our crews continue their work.”
Most main highways are open, though some are down to one lane. Crews anticipate it will be at least 24 to 36 hours before all local and gravel roads are open.
“The extraordinary amount of snowfall throughout the province brought with it a lot of challenges,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, who is responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “I want to thank everyone for their patience and a special thanks to the snow plow operators and first responders for their efforts to help keep Nova Scotians safe.
“We urge people to check in on their neighbours, especially seniors and those with special needs, to help ensure they are safe.”
The Office of the Fire Marshal encourages residents to:
— shovel two exits from their home in case of fire
— clear snow from air exchangers, dryer vents and furnace exhausts
— clear a fire hydrant near their home
— remove snow and ice from storm drains
— be aware of the amount of snow on their roof. Excess amounts can be dangerous. Hire professionals to clear snow off roofs.
For more information, go to novascotia.ca/dma/emo/ .
In case of emergency, residents should call 911 as dispatchers co-ordinate with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal area offices to ensure first responders can access roads.
Follow Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on Twitter @NS_TIR for road condition or closure updates.