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N.S. government renews localized state of emergency for removal of downed Halifax crane

Work crews have begun dismantling pieces of the toppled crane. Alexander Quon/Global News

The Nova Scotia government announced on Wednesday that it’s renewing a localized state of emergency to support the safe removal of a toppled crane at a building on South Park Street in Halifax.

The localized emergency area is defined as the city block within the boundaries of Cathedral Lane, Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road.

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“We are making progress and are extending the localized state of emergency to ensure the continued safety of those working in the area,” said Chuck Porter, minister responsible for emergency management, in a press release.

“We know this has been an extremely difficult time for those who have had their lives and business disrupted by this incident.”

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The renewed state of emergency remains in effect for 14 days, until Oct. 30, unless the government terminates or extends it.

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Work underway to dismantle toppled crane in Halifax that fell during Hurricane Dorian – Oct 13, 2019

The province first declared a localized state of emergency at the site where the crane rests on Sept. 18, but it was then extended for another 14 days on Oct. 2.

The emergency order was originally implemented to speed things up and allow the province to take on liability for any damage caused during the removal process.

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education will monitor and inspect the work on site for compliance with regulations and safety standards.

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