Thursday, September 19, 2019
Region of Queens Municipality is pleased to issue a public thank you to all who have supported recovery efforts during and after Hurricane Dorian passed over Queens on September 7th. Significant wind damage occurred to trees and power systems throughout Queens, and across Nova Scotia. Hurricane Dorian is being called the most destructive storm to make landfall in Nova Scotia, with Queens and Annapolis Counties being the hardest hit in the province.
- Nova Scotia Power crews and power crews from other provinces worked around the clock to restore power since the storm ended, with very few power outages remaining within Queens County. These are believed to be new outages post-storm.
- Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews have been hard at work to clear highways and roadways of trees and other storm debris. Roads in Queens County are all passable.
- Fire departments throughout Queens County assisted the public in dealing with the results of the heavy rainfall and high tides associated with the storm. A number of Fire Halls and Community Halls provided electrical access to those without power to enable their electronic devices to be charged, and to power medical devices. Some even provided warm meals.
- Military support arrived in Queens County on Sept. 10th in the form of two divisions – one removing trees in Liverpool and South Queens area, and the other providing support in the Caledonia area. The military personnel were seen in many of our communities, and their support was greatly appreciated.
- Region of Queens Municipality’s crews have also been working to ensure roadways are cleared of trees and storm debris in Liverpool. That work has been completed and storm water catch basins have also been cleared. Work is ongoing to remove blown down branches from public parks and trails, and to restore other public spaces to pre-storm condition.
- Thankfully, no loss of life resulted from the hurricane, however immediate concerns of residents included property damage and loss of food due to freezers and refrigerators being thawed after days with no power. A lack of running water in homes that were served by wells, with no electricity to operate their pumps caused some hardships. Lengthy periods of a lack of power was a major inconvenience to many, including the elderly and those with reduced mobility.
- While there were residents and businesses in Queens who had their power and services restored within one day, many others were without power for almost a full week. Significant tree clearing to enable power restoration was required throughout Queens. Nova Scotia Power and their support crews did an excellent job, as have all others who have worked tirelessly to repair and restore services after the storm in very challenging conditions. The storm damage impact was overwhelming.
- A storm surge tide occurred during the Hurricane, which again flooded the waterfront parking area. Past surge tides have been a hardship to some waterfront business, and the Region is expecting a consultant to soon complete and provide a Flood Mitigation Report for the downtown waterfront area for Council consideration. Coastal homes and areas were also impacted by the storm surge, with flooding in basements, roadways under water, and some beaches, parks and public spaces damaged by the effects of the strong storm surge and waves.
- Shower facilities usage was provided at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool daily from 8:30am – 8:00pm to anyone who was experiencing storm related issues due to Dorian. The Municipality applied for funding from the Province of Nova Scotia, along with other South Shore communities, several months ago to assist with installing shower facilities in other areas throughout Queens County. We have not yet had a response to our request.
If there are still residents without power, please check to ensure that the power mast to your home is connected to your home (if it has been damaged, a qualified electrician will need to repair and inspect it prior to Nova Scotia Power restoring power. Please report an outage to the Nova Scotia Power Customer Outage line: 1-877-428-6004.
The cleanup and power restoration in Queens became a major effort after Hurricane Dorian, and on behalf of Council and staff at Region of Queens Municipality, I convey a huge thank you to our EMO Team, as well as all workers and volunteers who continue to support the needs of residents of Queens.
Region of Queens Municipality