Evacuation order issued for properties near Halifax crane collapse

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency has issued an evacuation order to residents who live near a crane that collapsed Saturday amidst a powerful post-tropical storm “to remove them from present and imminent danger.”

The order applies to several properties in the vicinity of South Park Street in downtown Halifax.

“The evacuation order is necessary to protect the safety of residents,” the Halifax municipality said in a news release on Monday night.

Hurricane Dorian approached the region as a Category 2 hurricane and made landfall near Halifax on Saturday evening as a post-tropical storm with hurricane-strength winds.

Fire officials delivered evacuation order notices to the following civic addresses this evening:

  • 1445 South Park St., units 1306, 1206, 1105, 1005, 905, 805, 705, 605, 505, and 405.
  • 1459, 1463, 1477 and 1491 South Park St.
  • 5688 and 5690 Spring Garden Rd.

The municipality said the decision is being issued for reasons of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the residents.

Onlookers check out the toppled building crane on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

The decision follows advice from a meeting held Monday afternoon with structural engineers and representatives from Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Halifax Regional Police, Transportation and Public Works, and the affected property owners.

The evacuation order is in effect immediately and will continue until the situation can be stabilized and risks to residents can be mitigated.

Fire officials are holding a press briefing on Monday night to provide an update.


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