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First Street East, Second Street East and 66-72 Spruce Avenue now included in evacuation area, east Saint John

08-Jan-2018
Due to a projected change in the wind direction, further preventative measures have been taken and the SJ-EMO is now including all residents on First Street East, Second Street East and 66-72 Spruce Avenue in the evacuation in response to a butane leak on Bayside Drive. Residents on River Avenue have already been evacuated. This brings the total number of evacuated homes to 30.

The expanded evacuation is in response to advanced incident plume modeling from Environment and Climate Change Canada.  

First responders are attempting to notify all residents by going door-to-door. Working with the Canadian Red Cross, arrangements are in place to transport all affected residents by bus to nearby overnight accommodations.

Evacuated residents can check in with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-222-9597. All evacuated residents are being provided with transportation to accommodation at a nearby hotel as well as food. Pets will be accommodated at the hotel with their owners and food for pets will be available for those who need it.  

The safety of residents is the number one priority for all first responders and responding agencies and organizations. Residents are being evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Bayside Drive remains closed to all through traffic between the intersection of the causeway and Red Head Road. The public is asked to drive with caution, plan their travel accordingly and avoid the surroundings areas if possible. There is a lot of emergency response traffic in the area.

Further information will be provided as it is available.
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