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City of Saint John Preparing for Storm Conditions

07-Feb-2017

With a storm event forecasted for today and Wednesday of this week, the City of Saint John Transportation and Environment Services will be working to keep the City streets and sidewalks free and clear of snow and ice.  Snow plowing equipment will be working to keep City streets and sidewalks safe for motorists and pedestrians.

Snow is expected to change to freezing rain. Road conditions may be treacherous; please slow down when necessary, or, If possible avoid travelling the roads during the height of the storm. City crews will be out salting during this point, however, motorists should be aware the roads may be slippery.

City staff will be working within the Winter Management Plan to meet the established service objectives, once the storm ends, according to Priority and based on the storm severity. Major arteries, highway connections and emergency routes will be cleared constantly during the storm, with major bus routes, and streets connecting schools, community centres and business districts as the second priority.

The necessary equipment inspections and operations coordination is underway and will continue until the storm event has passed. Please assist your neighbours and the City by using your available off-street parking to ensure the most efficient snow plowing and removal operation possible.

The safety of our citizens is our number one priority. City crews have been out checking and clearing inlets and outlets, clearing catch basins, and taking an inventory of signage and barricades. Saint John EMO will monitor and is prepared to respond if necessary.

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.

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 find out whether a temporary overnight parking ban has been declared, call 658-4040.

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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