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Work begins on removing toppled crane in downtown Halifax

Work began Sunday on anchoring a construction crane that was toppled on South Park Street in Halifax by hurricane Dorian on Sept. 7.

The crane was being used at a condominium development.

The provincial government took over responsibility for the project, declaring a localized state of emergency over a city block between South Park Street, by Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road.

“The process will begin with strapping down and stabilizing the fallen crane to ensure it does not move during removal operations,” reads a statement put out by the province Friday.

“Once the crane is safely secured, work can begin on dismantling the tower.”

The statement notes that due to the complexity of the project, estimated timelines for its removal will be adjusted as work begins.

The state of emergency was instituted Sept. 18 and lasts for 14 days but can be extended.

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