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Region of Queens Municipality

Nova Scotia, Canada

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8:10 pm, Feb. 14, 2017: Port Medway Fire Department Comfort Station has now closed. Nova Scotia Power crews continue to work with the provincial Emergency Management Office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to coordinate clearing of secondary roads so that crews can get to remaining damaged areas. It appears that all power outages caused by Monday's storm should be corrected this evening.

If residents are without power at midnight, they should report their outage to NS Power again. The outage line is 1-877-428-6004.

 

10:45 p.m., Feb. 13, 2017: Please be advised that as a result of power outages in Port Medway and neighboring communities, the Port Medway Fire Hall, located at 66 Long Cove Rd., Port Medway, NS, is open as a comfort centre. It will remain open until power is restored in Port Medway and area.

 

10 pm, Feb. 13, 2017:  *** effective 10 pm, Feb. 13, please note that the North Queens comfort station has closed as power has been restored to the community.

9:15 p.m, Feb. 13, 2017: As the storm continues overnight, we advise residents to stay in place if possible. While the storm is taking place, blowing snow has reduced visibility, and the snow has caused poor road conditions. Snow plowing is taking place according to standards set by the Department of Transportation and the Region of Queens Public Works Department. It will take time to plow all areas and ensure roads are passable; residents's patience is appreciated while the crews work around the clock to ensure the roads and our communities are safe.

The high tide this evening will bring higher than normal water levels and those in coastal areas should be aware of this.

An update will be issued in the morning.

3:54 pm, Feb. 13, 2017: Please note ... The North Queens Fire Dept. (located at 9793 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS) will be open as a comfort center until 11 p.m. this evening, also serving supper. It will open again at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

There are areas with large power outages in the North Queens area, with power not expected to be restored until tomorrow evening.

 

1 p.m., Feb. 13, 2017: Public Advisory

Please be advised that as a result of the power outages in West Caledonia and South Brookfield, a comfort centre has been set up at the North Queens Fire Department, 9793 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS. Please share this information with those who may need this service.

 

12:45 pm, February 13, 2017: A recent update indicates That the the blizzard conditions should be dropping off around 3:00 p.m. in Queens County. The current conditions being experienced are the more severe part of the storm. As predicted Queens & Lunenburg counties have had the most impact along the South Shore, with highest snowfall totals still expected to be from Queens, Lunenburg and to western Halifax Counties where 40 to 60 cm is still a reasonable estimate. Winds are expected to continue to pick up in most areas today.

At this time, there are no major power problems reported, but the power situation is being monitored closely.

The water has caused some problems along the shoreline in Queens, with water levels already running on the high side and surge magnitudes are actually higher than the model prediction. The model that is used to advise on the storm impact may be underestimating the surge at this point. This will be something to monitor closely this morning then again this evening. Residents in some areas have been notified of high sea & wave levels limiting the use of certain highways.

We continue to ask that unless it is required travel, that residents stay indoors. Until the storm subsides, road conditions and visibility will be poor.

Another update will be posted later today.

 

9:02 am, Feb. 13,2017:The weather system is moving through the province as predicted in earlier weather briefings. There is currently snow, at times heavy, with widespread blizzard/whiteout conditions present throughout parts of the province. Strong east to northeast winds gusting in the western part of the province and the Atlantic Coast in the 90 to 110 km/h range with possible higher gusts right at the coast. The storm surge is still expected along the Atlantic Coast. Currently, a Blizzard Warning and Storm Surge Warning are in effect for Queens County. To check the status, please refer to. http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=ns

At the time of writing this briefing, there were few power outages reported in Queens. NS Power is reporting active outages in other parts of NS, and has approximately 150 crews to address other potential outages.

In the interest of public safety, travel should be limited. The blowing snow and high winds have created poor road conditions, poor visibility and generally hazardous driving/walking conditions.

A further update is expected to be issued later this afternoon.

 

10:00 am, Feb. 12, 2017: there have been no changes to the forecast, the next update is expected to be posted at approximately noon, Monday, February 13, 2017

3:50 pm, Feb. 12, 2017:

With regard to the upcoming storm system that is forecast to arrive this evening, we would like to advise residents to make preparations to stay in place for 72 hours, and to limit travel. It is expected that there will be poor road conditions, poor visibility and generally hazardous driving/walking conditions. It is advisable to have food and water in for your household for a 72 hour period, for storm preparedness.

Checklist for a blizzard:
* Check your emergency kit
* Stay home & bring pets inside
* Turn up the heat
* Charge your devices

If an emergency occurs during the storm, call 911. Everyone must prepare today and monitor various media for updates.

 

Public Notice - Winter storm watch in effect for Queens County (updated - 11:38 pm, February 11, 2017

February 11, 2017, Liverpool, NS: A winter storm watch is in effect for Queens County in anticipation of an incoming weather system expected to begin on Sunday evening and continue into Monday. Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together. Indications are that Queens County will experience very bad weather, and a risk of damage to property.

Residents of Queens are advised to be prepared for a severe weather system. There will be heavy snowfall, very strong winds, higher than normal water levels, and wave levels of 5 meters maximum along the shore in Queens County. There may be power outages, coastal flooding, and impassable road conditions. Residents should be aware of the possibilities this storm will present and take extra precautions.

The Weather Office of Environment Canada has indicated that the centre of the storm has formed and was located in Kansas on Saturday morning. It will move to lie off the coast of New Jersey by Sunday evening, where it will intensify very rapidly (rapidly enough to classify it as a weather bomb). From there, it is expected to track into the Gulf of Maine then head slowly eastward out to sea.

With a storm of this magnitude in close proximity to Nova Scotia, heavy snow (projected to be between 25 and 50 centimetres in Queens County), very strong winds (possibly in excess of 100 km/hour in Queens County), and high water levels along the Atlantic Coast are expected. Storm tracking indicates that the South Shore is the area to get the worst of this storm.

This type of scenario also produces higher than normal water levels along the Atlantic Coast, combined with the high tide on Monday. The highest storm surge is along the South Shore at 80 – 90 centimetres, but in Queens, the highest surge is expected to occur during low tide. This could produce some localized flooding.

The Region of Queens Municipality will continue to provide residents with updates on the storm on the Region’s website (https://www.regionofqueens.com ), and Region of Queens Facebook and Twitter pages. The next update is expected to be approximately 7:30 p.m., Sunday evening.

 

Support for Residents of Queens County with Dry Wells

** Updates on supports available for residents with dry wells or shortages of water will be posted here. Please check back often. All notices will remain on this page until the water shortage has come to an end. The most recent information will be posted first. **

Oct. 17, 2016: Many in our community are still dealing with the effects of the drought - dry wells and lack of potable drinking water. Some supports for residents with dry wells or limited water are:

Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre
50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park (until October 27, 2016)
East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Bottled Water:
The Region of Queens has coordinated delivery of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed through EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Queens Ground Search and Rescue –Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn (6 - 8 p.m. daily)
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre - 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia

 

Oct. 3, 2016: While the rain last week and over the weekend was welcomed, it has not been enough to restore the water table, wells and current conditions to what they are in a typical autumn. There are still many homes in Queens County with dry wells or very limited water. Following is some information to assist those experiencing a water shortage.

Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre
50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Bottled Water:
The Region of Queens has coordinated delivery of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed through EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Queens Ground Search and Rescue –Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre - 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia

 

Public Notice:

September 23, 2016

A new shipment of bottle water has arrived today for residents in Queens County. It will be distributed from the Queens County Ground Search and Rescue building on 20 Old Cobbs Barn Road, Brooklyn (near Queens Place Emera Centre) from 6 – 8 p.m. each evening. There is a household limit of 2 cases.

There is bottled water available at some other distribution points in locations throughout Queens County:
Mary Lake Home Hardware, Caledonia
Coastal Queens Place, Port Mouton
Stew’s Corner Convenience, Greenfield
and Brady Home Building Centre, Brooklyn (supply is low at this one location, as we transition to the distribution to the Queens Ground Search and Rescue building).

Locations of Showers, Potable Water and Bottled Water for Residents with Dry Wells

September 21, 2016

With little rain since June 1, many homes in Queens County have dry wells or shortages of water. Following is some information to assist those experiencing a water shortage.

Potable Water:
Liverpool Public Well, 733 Main St., Liverpool
North Queens Fire Hall, 9793 Hwy. 8 , Caledonia (tap is between the fire truck doors)
Seaside Centre, 1066 Eastern Shore Road, Beach Meadows - free, donations accepted (tap is on right side of building)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, East Port L'Hebert Road

Showers:
Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool (check in at Customer Service Desk for an available shower. Bring towel, soap, etc.)

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, East Port L'Hebert Road
10 am until 8 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Bring towel, soap, etc.

Also - Please note that bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and coordinated by EMO Nova Scotia, is available at the following locations (please note: household limit of 2 cases, first come, first served):
Stews Corner Convenience & Gas, 5077 Hwy 210, Greenfield, NS
Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre, 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS
Brady Home Building Centre, 3946 Hwy. 3, Brooklyn, NS
and Coastal Queens Place, 8100 Hwy. 103, Port Mouton, NS
There are still a few cases at the Region of Queens Administration building in the parking lot, but the supply is getting low at that one location.

For current updates and information about the current water situation, please check back on this page.

 

 

Recommissioning Wells

Sept. 20, 2016

Following is some information from Nova Scotia Environment and Labour regarding recommissioning a dry well to ensure it is safe. Click here for the pdf .

 

 

Posted Sept. 20, 2016: Provincial Parks open to communities for shower and water access ... Click here 

 

Support for those with Dry Wells in Queens County
(updated at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 20)

Bottled water has arrived at the distribution points, and effective 2 p.m., all have received shipments.

Water delivery has been confirmed at the Region of Queens Municipality administration building, Brady Home Building Centre, Coastal Queen's Place, Mary Lake Home Hardware Building Centre, and Stews Corner Convenience & Gas.

Please note respect the needs of others and take only what is needed for your household, to a maximum limit of 2 cases per household, on a first come, first served basis.

 

Community Advisory: Supports for those with Dry Wells

September 19, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The Region of Queens Municipality has received a supply of bottled water, donated by the Retail Council of Nova Scotia and distributed via EMO Nova Scotia. This water will be available free of charge to residents of Queens County who have dry wells or a shortage of potable water in this time of drought.

The Region of Queens requests that residents be respectful of each other’s needs and to take only what is needed for your household (limit of 2 cases of water per household, please) so we can accurately assess community need. The Region of Queens may place another order next week if there remains a need.

Water pick up is on a first come, first served basis.
Limit of 2 cases per household.

Bottled water will be available at the following locations beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, prior to noon:
Mary Lake Home Hardware, 9681 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS
Stews Corner Convenience and Gas, 5077 Hwy 210, Greenfield, NS
Brady’s Home Building Centre, 3946 Hwy. 3, Brooklyn, NS
Coastal Queens Place, 8100 Hwy. 103, Port Mouton, NS
Region of Queens Administration Office (back parking lot), 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS

Please check the Region of Queens website www.regionofqueens.com or Facebook page for future updates.

 

Is Your Well Dry? Access to Potable Water and Shower Facilities in Queens

Sept. 16, 2016: With residential wells going dry throughout the Region of Queens Municipality, residents have been looking for access to potable water. There is potable water available at the following locations for residential use:
Liverpool "Town Well", 733 Main St., Liverpool, NS

North Queens Fire Hall, 9793 Hwy. 8, Caledonia, NS (tap is located between the fire truck doors)

Shower facilities: Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS is pleased to offer the use of their showers to residents with dry wells. Please visit the Customer Service Desk upon arrival for information on which showers are unoccupied. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please bring your own towel and personal soap, etc.

 

Providing Safe Water During Water Shortages

Sept. 15, 2016: This information has been provided by Nova Scotia Environment, and is a good source of information for ensuring water is safe during this time of drought and water shortages.

During this current water shortage, everyone should do his/her part to conserve water and ensure their drinking water and water in general is safe.

Safe Water Collection

• Containers used should be suitable for the collection and storage of drinking water.

• Containers should be cleaned and sanitized before using them to collect and store water. The following is a method for cleaning and sanitizing your containers:

1. Clean thoroughly using dish soap and warm water and rinse.

2. Mix 1 teaspoon of household liquid bleach to 1 litre of water. Use bleach that does not have an added scent or fabric softener.

3. Pour this solution into the cleaned storage container and shake well, making sure that the bleach solution coats the entire inside of the container.

4. Let sit at least 30 seconds and then empty.

5. Let the container air dry. The container should be kept covered and stored in a manner that keeps it clean and sanitized until it is used.

Drinking and Household Water Usage

• For residential households not on municipal supplies, it is strongly recommended that only water from a registered or municipal supply be used.

• For information on how to disinfect a small amount of water, including instruction on boiling water, see NSE emergency related fact sheet on drinking water http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/FACT.SHEET.Drinking.Water.pdf

*Note for Registered Public Drinking Water Supplies and Food Establishments; it is a requirement that water used is from an approved supply. Nova Scotia Environment must be advised of intended change in water source.

• Under most circumstances it is not necessary to boil water for other household purposes. Adults, adolescents and older children may shower, bathe or wash but should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and infants should be sponge bathed.

• Dishes and laundry may be washed in water that has not been boiled, either by hand or by machine.

Alternate Water Sources

• Water from lakes, rivers, streams and other surface water sources, including natural and roadside springs, are not reliable, safe water supplies. These sources may be contaminated.

• During the current water shortage, adding water to wells from other sources may not work.

• Any water used for filling cisterns should be from a municipal water supply or a registered public drinking water supply.

Protecting Your Well

• Homeowners are responsible for monitoring the quality of their well water. It is recommended that you sample your well water twice a year for bacteria and every two years for chemical parameters at a minimum. For further information on protecting your drinking water follow the link: http://novascotia.ca/nse/water/docs/droponwaterFAQ_ProtectingDrinkingWater.pdf

Water Distribution Centres

• For fire stations and other facilities (not connected to a municipal system) considering water distribution:

o Only distribute water for non-potable purposes.

o If water was recently tested for chemical parameters (within 2 years for groundwater sources & 1 year for surface water sources) and proven safe, water may be considered potable if boiled after being brought home.

o Water should only be dispensed from an inside tap. IF an outside tap is used it should be disinfected both inside and out before use; use either an alcohol swab or bleach solution (1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 litre of water).

o Only use hoses that have been labelled safe for use with drinking water. Most garden hoses and fire hoses should not be used to dispense water.

For further information:

Nova Scotia Environment

novascotia.ca/nse

Toll Free: 1-877-9ENVIRO (1-877-936-8476)