Need to know what to do with your tree debris?

By CityNews Halifax Staff

Debris and tree removal efforts are well underway, with most main arteries on the peninsula passable with caution.

Members of the municipal urban forestry teams are busy identifying priority locations and crews, with support from contractors, are working to chip and remove downed trees, clean up debris, and replanting trees that can be saved.

For safety reasons, residents are advised to not attempt to assist with clearing downed trees in the municipal right-of-way. Those trees will be handled by professional crews. However, residents are responsible for tree maintenance on their own properties.

Branches should be tied in armload-sized bundles, to a maximum of 10 bundles, for collection day over the next two weeks. This service is free of charge.

Any materials larger than this should be delivered to construction and demolition locations at Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd. (16 Mills Dr. in Goodwood), or 188 Ross Rd., in Westphal. Note: There is a fee charged by these private service providers.

Garbage pick-up in the south end of the peninsula is postponed today and is rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 16. Due to the skipped pick-up date, residents can put double the number of garbage bags at the curb as normal.

Halifax Transit is fully operational with a handful of detours in place where hanging wires are causing concerns on bus routes.

Water distribution sites for those affected by water shortages (no power results in no ability to pull water from private wells) have been set up at the Chezzetcook Fire Station (Station 23) and Tantallon Fire Station (Station 65).

While considerable progress is being made with post-storm clean-up efforts, there are still many intersections throughout the community where traffic signals are not functioning. Motorists are reminded to treat these intersections as a four-way stop.

Please visit or follow @hfxgov on Twitter for all post-storm-related updates. 

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