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City of Saint John preparing for Hurricane Earl

02-Sep-2010

Over 15 representatives from various City departments and other agencies who make up the Saint John EMO partnership met today. Preparations are underway including:

  • Generators and back-ups are fueled and prepared at all buildings and facilities
  • Supplies such as sand bags and barricades have been inventoried and readied
  • Two response trucks have been equipped with barricades, signs and equipment for immediate deployment to flooded if necessary
  • Basin and outfalls have been cleared in known trouble spots
  • All City vehicles are fueled
  • The new vacuum truck is available
  • Drainage basins Milford have been flushed
  • Extra ditching in Glen Falls has been completed
  • Pumps at waste water facilities have been tested and crews are cleaning debris screens at waste water facilities
  • City crews are securing potential hazards at City buildings and facilities
  • Chlorine levels have been increased in anticipation of turbidity (water levels at City facilities are low)
  • A “tree” crew is on standby to remove any debris from fallen trees
  • Reserve equipment, including pumps,  at the Saint John Fire Department is on standby
  • All departments are ensuring the staffing levels will be adequate
  • EMO command post is ready to be deployed post-storm
  • The Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority is securing construction materials on the bridge
  • Saint John Energy crews are being prepared to handle power outages

Citizens are advised to prepare themselves. For more information visit www.getprepared.ca.