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Snowfall in eastern Canada prompts state of emergency

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Snowfall in eastern Canada prompts state of emergency

Ottawa, Feb 6 (IANS) A historic multi-day snowstorm in eastern Canada has prompted a local state of emergency, leaving many schools, universities and government offices closed.

Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality has declared a local state of emergency with some places in the region receiving up to 80 centimeters of snow, Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media.

“Residents are directed to shelter in place and are advised to clear snow from their home’s entrances, walkways and driveways to facilitate access to the home,” says a press release from the township. “Residents should also remove snow from your home’s vents.”

“Do not travel. Roads are being cleared for emergency response and travel of essential workers. The process is slow and plows are requiring multiple passes to deal with significant back-up,” the press release said .

CBC News reported that the airport in Sydney, Nova Scotia, had received more than 90 centimeters of snow on Monday morning, while downtown Sydney was hit with 150 centimeters.

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CTV News reported that a local by-election in the Prince Edward Island election would be postponed due to the storm.

According to CTV News, airports in Halifax, Moncton and Charlottetown are advising passengers to check with their airlines about the status of their flights.

Canada Post has issued delivery service alerts. Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are under a red service alert, meaning delivery has been suspended for the day. New Brunswick is under a yellow service alert, which means there may be delays in postal service.

According to Environment Canada, winter storm warnings are in effect for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

— IANS

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