102 years after Halifax Explosion, Dartmouth still waiting for reconstruction - The Beaverton
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102 years after Halifax Explosion, Dartmouth still waiting for reconstruction

DARTMOUTH, NS – More than a century after a devastating explosion rocked Halifax and the surrounding area, one city is still waiting for relief: Dartmouth.

The city of 65,000 survivors and their descendants have patiently waited for federal, provincial, or international aid to help reconstruct the damaged homes, business, and pre-1917 infrastructure, but it has yet to arrive.

“We’re the city that Haligonians forgot, or at least want to forget,” said one local resident living in makeshift microbrewery. “Are we still fighting the Kaiser? I haven’t had reliable power in decades and can’t get news from the front.”

Nearby roads are littered with crater-sized potholes presumably caused by the blast from the munitions ship, the SS Mont-Blanc.

Provisional power lines hastily constructed in 1918 by can-do citizens continue to fall over in heavy winds causing massive power outages.

Meanwhile, survivors of the explosion are still waiting in Dartmouth Hospital’s emergency room for treatment.