As the first hurricane of the season approaches, the
City of Saint John reminds its citizens to prepare for the possibility of power
outages and flooding as a result.
Citizens are advised to check catch basins or ditches
on or near their property for debris, and to remove belongings from any areas
that may experience flooding. City crews have been preparing for the oncoming
storm by cleaning and securing all construction sites. As well, crews have been
checking culverts and drains in preparation for a heavy rainfall.
Citizens in areas affected by flooding
can help by keeping an eye on the grates and clearing debris that accumulates
during a rainstorm. As well, secure any items stored outside, or put them inside
to prevent damage or loss.
If localized flooding occurs, an advisory will be
issued outlining any road closures. Check www.saintjohn.ca and stay tuned to your radio for updates. Residents are advised to use caution when
driving and to observe all barricades and road closures. Police will ticket drivers driving on closed
roads. Driving through flood waters can increase damage to homes in the area.
Police will be monitoring any flooded roads and taking appropriate measures,
including enforcement to ensure compliance with barricades and/or traffic
signs, and obeying police officers signals.
Saint John Water will be monitoring turbidity levels
in the drinking water which could increase due to high winds and heavy rain. In
addition they will be closely monitoring wastewater collection systems and
wastewater lift stations.
Citizens are reminded to stay away from the shorelines
and beaches for their own safety. High winds can cause heavy wave action and
unpredictable currents, as well as erosion.
The Saint John Emergency Management Organization is in
contact with the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization and is
monitoring the current storm track. As a reminder to citizens, EMO officials
suggest to have enough emergency supplies on hand to last 72 hours.
For more on Hurricane Irene, and how you can prepare for the
To report flooding or other damage to City infrastructure, or
if you require assistance due to flooding, please call 658-4455. For all other
emergencies, please call 911.