**Updated** DFO closes fisheries in Grand Lake watershed amid emergency water alert

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**Updated at 5:09 p.m.**

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has closed all commercial, recreational and food, social and ceremonial harvesting in Grand Lake watershed, including the full length of the Shubenacadie River, after an emergency drinking water alert was issued for Grand Lake early Thursday morning.

The alert, issued by the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), states there is an unknown issue in the water that has "caused animals to die" and has sent one person to hospital.

The DFO is asking people to avoid these areas and are reminded that eating contaminated fish can lead to serious illness or even death.

The HRM says residents who draw their water directly from the lake should not drink, bathe, use the water to cook or boil and not allow pets in the water.

The Department of Energy and Climate change says residents with wells within 60 metres of the lake that are less than 30 metres deep should heed the same advice.

The province said samples were to be taken from the lake this morning, but testing will take time, and more information will be provided when it is available, adding there is no information to suggest there is a concern in any other lakes at this time.

In a tweet at 4:13 p.m., the Municipality of East Hants said it would provide drinking water on Thursday evening for residents who cannot use their water due to the ongoing advisory.

Residents who use municipal drinking water are not affected by the advisory, and Halifax Water says it's water remains safe for normal use and consumption.

(With files from Bell Media's James Faulkner)