The rapid change in temperatures is causing problems for buildings across the region. Students from three schools in the Halifax region have been sent home because there's no heat.

Schools affected:

  • Sambro Elementary closed for the day
  • Hants East Rural High in Milford closed for the day
  • Seven classes affected at LeMarchant-St. Thomas School

Some Halifax patients’ medical appointments have been postponed as they wait for the Dickson building to dry out after a flood.

The Capital District Health Authority said a heating pipe on the fourth floor burst on Saturday, sending water through two floors below. The Dickson building is on the Victoria General Hospital site.

Power outages persist 

Nova Scotia Power says more than 1,700 customers in the Cheticamp area can expect to be without power until 6 p.m. on Monday.

An outage affecting about 45,00 customers in western Cape Breton on Sunday afternoon was linked to faults in two transmission lines.

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Neera Ritcey said the first was fixed that evening, but the second is proving more of a challenge.

“The second fault was pinpointed at a transmission structure which consists of three poles, which caught on fire, unfortunately because of the fault.  And that was in a very remote and rugged area near Grand Etang. Again, it was very deep snow on a steep hill,” she said.

Ritcey said the structure needs to be torn down and rebuilt. She said off-road equipment and contractor crews have been brought in to try to get the job done before the weather deteriorates again.

Les Suetes winds, gusting to 130 km/h are in the forecast for late Monday afternoon.