Post-Hurricane Fiona Update
- Published: September 26 2022 11:35
STELLARTON, NOVA SCOTIA - In the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, our crews are continuing to asses and repair damage of critical infrastructure throughout the Town. Many areas are still without power, storm drains are filled with debris, and damage can be seen across Stellarton.
While there is a sense of urgency in the restoration process, the impacts of Fiona are severe and will take time to repair. Residents are advised of the following updates to assist in the clean-up of the hurricane:
1. Property Damage
- Residents should make reports/claims regarding property damage through their insurance if they are able for immediate assistance.
- Trees that have fallen across properties can be removed by residents even if they are trees from town-owned land.
- Residents that report town-owned trees that have fallen on their property will be added to the Public Works list to be assessed for removal when crews are available. Given the devastation thorughout the county, this will take significant time.
2. Storm Debris & Tree Removal
- Residents who are able to remove their yard debris and trees themselves can put manageable-sized pieces at the front of their property for Public Works crews to collect by October 31.
- Pictou County Solid Waste is waiving the tipping fees for residents who are able to take storm debris (trees, limbs, brush, etc.) to the dump themselves. This is only for storm debris - garbage removal will still have fees.
3. Recreation Fields & Trails
- All trails and fields will be closed to recreational activity until a damage assessment can be complete.
4. Downed Wires
- Residents should report any downed wires to Nova Scotia Power directly by calling 1-877-428-6004.
- The Town cannot submit reports any sooner than residents and NS Power will require additional info about the wire and the area that the reporting resident will have quicker access to.
5. Comfort Centres
- The Stellarton Fire Hall will continue to operate as a comfort centre while power outages remain. Hours of operation are 8-11am and 7-9pm.
- While it's recommended that residents utilize the nearest comfort centre to them, there are several open throughout the county:
Summer Street Industries (72 Park Street, New Glasgow) – 10am-4pm
Westville Gymnasium (2042 Queen Street, Westville) – 10am-3pm
Trenton Fire Department (122 Main Street, Trenton) – 11am-4pm
Pictou Fire Department (166 Church Street, Pictou) – 100am-4pm
New Horizon’s Club (14 Kempt Street, Pictou) – 10am-4pm
Centres for rural Pictou County:
Thorburn Fire Department (738 Marsh Road, Thorburn) – 1-6pm
Plymouth Fire Department (4667 East River East Side Road, Plymouth) – 8am-6pm
Eureka Fire Department (522 Stellarton Trafalgar Road) – 9am-4pm
Little Harbour Fire Department (8328 Pictou Landing Road) – 12-6pm
Merigomish Fire Department (3259 Shore Road, Hwy 245) – 4:30-6pm or sooner
Alma Fire Department (80 Alma Loop, Alma) – 3-7pm or sooner
Caribou Fire Department (512 Three Brooks Road, Caribou) – 3-6pm
Scotsburn Fire Department (4179 Scotsburn, Hwy 256) – 12-5pm
Pictou Landing Reserve Fire Department (Pictou Landing Road) – 10am-9pm
"Our Town has a great team with a big job ahead of us. It will take significant time before all of our streets and properties are able to be fully cleaned up," said Mayor MacGillivray. "We ask that you have patience with us as we work towards restoring Stellarton."
More emergent issues or questions should be directed to Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Organization (REMO) via email at , on Facebook at REMO Pictou County, or via website at https://www.remopictoucounty.ca/.