Jan. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m. : While Queens did not receive the full anticipated impact of the storm, there are isolated power outages, and there is some isolated flooding. Be aware and cautious of debris on the highways and roadways. High winds and some precipitation (likely in the form of rain turning to snow) is expected to conditions until noon. The storm has caused high waves; the public is asked to keep a safe distance from waves when in coastal areas. If you see a downed power line, please stay away from it, and call Nova Scotia Power 1-877-428-6004 .
A return of very cold temperatures is expected in the wake of this storm system, with temperatures dropping gradually today. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has advised that the Western Head Causeway / Shore Rd is closed, and is expected to be reopened around noon.
In the event of emergency, please call 911.
The winter storm forecast for Jan. 4 and 5 is approaching, with conditions expected to rapidly deteriorate once the intense, fast moving storm reaches our area today. Residents should prepare for possible power outages, and take usual precautions for storms. The Region of Queens website contains information from our Emergency Management Office with information on storm preparedness and on sheltering in place during a storm, flooding, etc. http://www.regionofqueens.com/emergency-measures/overview
** Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has been in contact with staff at the Region of Queens Municipality and advised that all available staff and equipment are in place and ready to respond once required to do so. They have applied salt brine throughout last evening and night. They anticipate receiving calls and emails regarding road conditions, and plan to have crews on the roads for the duration of the storm until final cleanup is complete. There may be times when they will be diverted from priorities to assist emergency service providers, Nova Scotia Power, downed trees, etc.
** Additionally, Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) has advised that they have crews in place awaiting effects from the forecasted storm. They have provided the following tools to assist customers:
Outage map: http://outagemap.nspower.ca
Outage line: 1-877-428-6004
More details in their news release: http://bit.ly/2CzZtRv
** If the storm impacts Queens County communities and our Emergency Measures Office (EMO) lends support or is activated, please check the Region of Queens website (www.queens.ca), Facebook and Twitter pages for updates, and listen to the local radio stations (CKBW 94.5 FM, Hank FM 100.7 FM and QCCR 99.3 FM) for information.
In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
Thank you and stay safe.