Additional evacuations ordered for Sunday ahead of collapsed crane removal

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Crane removal to begin Sunday
WATCH: The toppled crane in downtown Halifax will start to come down on Sunday. But as Jesse Thomas reports, the next phase of the crane’s removal will include additional evacuations. – Oct 11, 2019

Work to remove the crane that toppled during post-tropical storm Dorian last month is expected to get underway Sunday.

The Nova Scotia government says as a result, residents living in 11 condos at the Trillium building will need to join the dozens of people already evacuated under the localized state of emergency.

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New crane brought in to ensure removal of toppled crane done safely

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Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency has instructed them to vacate their homes by 6 a.m. Sunday, as it’s “necessary for the next phase of the project to begin.”

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“We know this has been an extremely difficult time for those who have had their lives and business disrupted by this incident,” Lloyd Hines, minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal, said in a statement.

“A significant amount of work has been completed and our team will continue to do everything they can to move this project forward quickly and safely.”

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The crane on South Park Street, which is owned and operated by Lead Structural Formworks Ltd., collapsed on Sept. 7 as a result of hurricane-force winds.

The localized state of emergency area includes areas within the boundaries of Cathedral Lane, Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road.

Engineers from Harbourside Engineering Consultants and R&D Crane Operator Ltd. say there are a lot of moving parts to ensure the removal is done safely.

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The crane weighs about 30,000 kg and two cranes will be needed to remove it, because of how far away the tower is from the roads.

The province says the timeline for Sunday’s removal could change due to unexpected circumstances, like bad weather.

— With files from Alicia Draus. 

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