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City Crews Prepare for Heavy Rain

11-Jan-2018

A winter storm event is forecasted to begin Friday afternoon and into Saturday bringing heavy rain with the possibility of freezing rain to the area. The safety of citizens is a number one priority. City crews will be working to keep city streets safe. Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that roads and sidewalks may be slippery.

Localized flooding can occur during heavy rains. Ice has been cleared around storm drains. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and observe all barricades, signage and direction from public safety personnel; and avoid driving through flooded areas, whether marked or unmarked, due to unknown depths and hidden hazards such as sink holes and missing man hole covers. Driving through flooded areas can cause damage to homes, businesses and personal property, and can leave drivers and passengers stranded. Those who live in low-lying areas that have been prone to flooding are reminded to take extra precautions to protect themselves and their property. Residents should ensure proper drainage around their home by clearing eaves troughs and drainage swales, as well as catch basins or ditches on or near their property.

Saint John Water continuously monitors its drinking water for turbidity with on-line instrumentation. In the event that an increased level of turbidity requires the need for a boil water order, Saint John Water will work with the Department of Health and promptly notify citizens accordingly.

To prepare for the event of a prolonged power outage, citizens are reminded to have everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car. An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities. The City of Saint John EMO will monitor conditions and is prepared to respond if necessary.

To sign up to receive emergency alerts, visit Emergency Alert on www.saintjohn.ca

To report flooding, contact the City’s Customer Service at 658-4455

To report a fallen power line or power outages, call SJ Energy at 658-5252 or visit them online.

For emergencies, call 911.

Click here for information on reducing the risk of a flood.

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