Nova Scotia

Lake Major dam problem: What you need to know

Eight questions and answers about the evacuation prompted by fears of the Lake Major dam breaching.

Precautionary evacuation will become mandatory Saturday at 8 a.m.

Halifax Search and Rescue will be out knocking on doors tonight to tell people about the evacuation. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

There are many questions surrounding the evacuation of 135 homes, prompted by fears of the Lake Major dam breaching. Here are eight:

Which houses are being evacuated?

People in 135 homes near Lake Major and the Salmon River are being asked to leave. Find the map here.

Nova Scotia RCMP and search and rescue teams are going door-to-door on Friday night, asking residents to leave their homes by 8 a.m. on Saturday.

How long will I be out of my home?

Officials hope the evacuation will be over by 5 p.m. on Saturday, when work on the Lake Major dam is expected to be finished.

What if I have nowhere to go?

You should call the Halifax Regional Municipality's information line at 311.

Why is this happening?

The city says there's a problem with a fish ladder next to the Lake Major dam. The fish ladder needs immediate repairs. The risk of a failure is highest during the repairs. Officials want people to be a safe distance away in case the dam breaks.

Do I have to leave?

The city is calling this a mandatory evacuation by 8 a.m. on Saturday.

What about traffic?

The work will close four bridges located on Lake Major Road, Salmon River Drive, Crane Hill Road and Ross Road.

Who can I call with questions?

You can call the city's information line at 311.

Are there evacuation centres in place?

There are two evacuation centres that will be in operation beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

On the east side of the Little Salmon River, the evacuation centre is the East Preston Recreation Centre located at 24 Brooks Dr. On the west side of the Little Salmon River, the evacuation ​centre is the City Heights Church in Westphal at 946 Main St.

People who are affected by the evacuation order will be able to get information and food and the centres.

Volunteers who are out on Friday night are set up at Graham Creighton Junior High School in Cherry Brook.

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