Nova Scotia

East Hants municipality closes all sidewalk due to tall snowbanks

The municipality of East Hants has closed all sidewalks in Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz, Milford and Shubenacadie because of dangerous conditions due to snowbanks.

Municipality says closure necessary to let crews clear fire hydrants and storm drains safely

The Municipality of East Hants has closed all the sidewalks in the community, including this one on Park Road in Elmsdale. (Submitted by Pam Lovelace)

The municipality of East Hants has closed all sidewalks in Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz, Milford and Shubenacadie because of dangerous conditions due to snowbanks.

Pedestrians are being asked to stay off all sidewalks until they can be reassessed on Feb. 25 — after Thursday and Sunday's storms. 

"The risk of collapse of snow banks is high throughout the municipality. There are many snow banks exceeding five feet [1.5 metres] in height with large ice boulders encased within them," said Brian Hebb, speaking for the municipality in a news release.

This unplowed sidewalk near the RCMP detachment in Enfield is one of the sidewalks in the Municipality of East Hants that is closed to pedestrians. (Angela MacIvor/CBC)

Hebb said the municipality is working to clear fire hydrants and storm drains of snow. In order to do that safely, he says pedestrians can't be in the way.

"Sunday's weather event may bring a mix of snow and rain which will challenge the drainage abilities of the roads and sidewalks, with potential for an increase in ice buildup," he said.

"Municipal staff will continue to monitor the situation and post signage to indicate sidewalk closures."

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