Trudeau, Goodale and Sajjan visit Halifax to survey Dorian recovery efforts

Dorian Halifax

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and two of his cabinet ministers have visited Halifax to survey the damage caused by Post-Tropical Storm Dorian.

The hurricane-strength storm slammed into the Maritimes on the weekend.

Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met with local officials and Canadian Forces representatives at a Halifax armoury for a briefing on relief efforts.

The prime minister says the federal government has closely monitored the storm's impact throughout the region.

He told reporters he was there to thank the first responders and all the people who've been working very, very hard on something that has been an ongoing effort over the past few days.``

Trudeau says crews have been working around the clock to restore power throughout Nova Scotia, and there's a lot more work to do, and the federal government will support those efforts any way it can.

Goodale and Sajjan later visited Herring Cove, a coastal community south of Halifax near where Dorian made landfall on Saturday night.

As the storm approached the coastline, it lashed the area with driving rain and gusts reaching almost 150 kilometres per hour, approaching the power of a Category 2 hurricane.

There have been no reported injuries, but roofs were torn off and trees were snapped like twigs, pulling down power lines across a wide swath of the Maritimes.

At one point, more than 500,000 electricity consumers in the region were without power, representing 80 per cent of the homes and businesses in Nova Scotia and 75 per cent in Prince Edward Island.

In New Brunswick, about 80-thousand homes and businesses, 20 per cent of NB Power's customers, were left in the dark at the height of the storm.

As the recovery effort entered Day Three, those numbers have dropped considerably.

However, more than 100-thousand Nova Scotia Power customers are still without electricity and the company says it will be Thursday before everyone is reconnected.

NS Power says it has found about 37-hundred trees on power lines that stretch across 32-thousand kilometres, and repairs are being made to 300 broken or leaning utility poles.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says teams are working to restore power, phone and cell phone service.

McNeil says he thinks it's fair to say that all Nova Scotians have not seen a weather event like this for quite some time.

He says the physical infrastructure damage from one end of the province to the other is unprecedented.