State of emergency declared in Nova Scotia

07 Feb State of emergency declared in Nova Scotia

Over the weekend, Nova Scotia faced one of its most severe snowstorms in 20 years, with over a meter of snowfall reported in some areas. Cape Breton and eastern Nova Scotia were hit hardest, with snow drifts making cleanup efforts challenging.

Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan quickly mobilized resources, including snow removal equipment from Parks Canada and assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard. The Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations also stepped in to provide support.

Provincial authorities declared a state of local emergency in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, with closures in heavily affected areas to aid cleanup efforts. Nova Scotia Health reduced non-emergency services in certain zones due to poor road conditions.

The impact of the storm extends beyond residential areas, affecting vital transportation infrastructure. The port of Halifax, a key economic hub, may experience delays in shipping and receiving goods due to the heavy snowfall and subsequent cleanup efforts. Road closures and poor conditions will also disrupt other modes of transportation, impacting supply chains and travel throughout the region.