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State of Emergency Continues

first_imgThe provincewide state of emergency is continued until furthernotice. “Although we are making progress, many roads and streets inHalifax Regional Municipality and provincewide are stillinaccessible,” said Ernest Fage, minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. “We thank Nova Scotians for theircontinued patience and ask that everyone continues to co-operate by giving work crews time and room to clean highwaysand thoroughfares.” The minister said that public safety is the number oneconcern, and that main routes that remain impassable are apriority. Nova Scotians are being directed to stay off roadsand highways to allow cleanup crews to continue their work. However, with more snow predicted, Nova Scotians can use theopportunity today, Feb. 21, to obtain the necessary suppliesthey may need, where it is safe to do so. The public is alsoasked to check with neighbours who may also require suppliesbefore venturing out in order to limit traffic. The NovaScotia government approved a regulatory change under theEmergency Measures Act to permit grocery stores to open from 1p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. Nova Scotians are advisedto call their local grocery store beforehand to be sure thestore has decided to open. Until further notice, traffic on Cape Breton Island is nolonger restricted due to the state of emergency. The following is the latest update from the provincialgovernment: Nova Scotia’s emergency operations centre is still activated. In suburban Halifax, 100-series highways are open but a number of ramps to the highway network remain closed. Highway 111 has significant lane reductions across Lake Banook and Lake MicMac. Highway 118 has one lane open in the vicinity of Portobello Road.center_img -30-last_img