City Crews Prepare for Snow and Rainfall

07-Mar-2018

A winter storm event is forecasted to begin Wednesday night into Thursday with a mix of snow and rain to the area. Many primary roads have been treated with an anti-icing solution intended to delay the accumulation of snow on the treated streets when the weather hits.  Crews will continue working to keep streets as safe as possible during the storm. 

Localized flooding can occur during heavy precipitation. Crews inspect catch basins in known trouble spots on a weekly basis to ensure they are open and ready to handle any run-off.  Residents living 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. 

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. 

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.

For updates, visit www.saintjohn.ca, follow us on Twitter or Facebook and local media.

 

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