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City of Saint John River Watch Update - April 28, 2019

28-Apr-2019

The five-day forecast shows water levels in Saint John continuing to recede in the coming days, with levels expect to slowly drop to 4.4 metres by Friday. For reference, 4.2 metres is considered stage 1 flood level in Saint John, where water just begins to crest the river banks.

Projections* for the week:

Today

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

5.29 m

5.1 m

5.0 m

4.9 m

4.6 m

4.4

*Projections are provided through the Department of Environment and Local Government.

As the SJ-EMO begins to move from flood response to flood recovery efforts and support, some existing services will transition and additional information will be available in the coming days. Residents should be aware of the following:

Reception centre closure: The Canadian Red Cross Reception Centre located at the Carleton Community Centre will close at 8 p.m. today, April 28. Effective Monday, April 29, Canadian Red Cross assistance will be available to residents from an office in Loch Lomond Mall, 120 McDonald Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or by calling 1-800-863-6582.

Sandbag distribution centres will be closing at 7:00 p.m. today: The centres will not be reopening tomorrow. Sandbags will remain available to any flood-impacted residents in need by calling Customer Service at 658-4455.

Wellness checks remain ongoing in flood-impacted areas: Wellness checks continue to be a joint operation between Saint John Fire, Saint John Police, the Canadian Military, and Cooke Aquaculture. As of today, over 330 wellness checks have been conducted over land and water.

The City is preparing for flood cleanup efforts: As water levels are forecasted to recede in the coming days, the SJ-EMO has begun to transition planning efforts from flood response to flood recovery.

Saint John Police and Saint John Fire crews began collecting recovery information from flood-impacted residents during wellness checks today. This information will help to identify what assistance and resources are needed, including volunteers. This will include the removal of wet or damaged household items, yard debris and sandbags. It will be critical for people who have flooding in their homes to get wet materials out as quickly as possible once the water recedes and it is safe to do so. More specific information on the flood clean-up effort will be available in the coming days.

There will be a need for a large number of volunteers to support residents during the cleanup effort.

  • If you require volunteer assistance or are able to volunteer your time to help those in need, please visit saintjohn.ca/floodhelp and complete the volunteer assistance form(s), or contact the SJ-EMO by email at floodvolunteers@saintjohn.ca or phone at 658-2844. 
  • Further details about an organized volunteer response and special debris collection services from the City will be announced in the coming days.

Roads remain closed and will be reopened once the water recedes and they are deemed safe: Motorists must stay off roads that are closed. Although water is receding, and pavement might look safe, water has been on the roads for a week and could have compromised some areas. As floodwater recedes off the roads, an assessment will be conducted, debris will be cleared and they will reopen once they are deemed safe.  This process does not take long, and will be prioritized so that residents can get back into their homes and begin debris clean up as soon as possible.

The tide from the Harbour has an impact on the River water levels. Be aware that the depth of water on the roads can change based on the tide.

Taking care of yourself and each other: It is normal for emergencies to cause levels of emotional and physical reactions. It's important for people dealing with an emergency to take good care of themselves and their families. If stress becomes overwhelming, we urge people to reach out for help and call Tele-care 811 for assistance.

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