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Heavy Rainfall and Freezing Temperatures Expected to Bring More Ice and Localized Flooding

23-Jan-2019

A heavy rainfall warning followed by freezing temperatures has been issued for the region, beginning overnight tonight. 
 
City crews have been doing a tremendous job tackling the extreme conditions brought on by the last storm, with a priority focus on cutting ice, widening streets and sidewalks, sanding / salting and clearing catch basins. Many areas that are still ice-covered when the rain starts are likely to become extremely slippery when the salt and sand are washed away. 
 
Motorists are advised to use caution when driving, avoid flooded areas and stay off the roads if possible. Pedestrians are advised to use extreme caution as sidewalk conditions could worsen.
 
The Saint John Fire Department Fire Prevention Division urges homeowners, landlords and property managers to keep entrances and fire exits clear of ice. 
 
Localized flooding could occur when the rain combines with snow melt. With over 6,000 catch basins across the City, it is impossible for crews to keep them all clear under the current conditions. Citizens can help by clearing the ice from catch basins near their homes.
 
Thursday solid waste customers are advised that regularly scheduled garbage collection will be postponed until Saturday
 
For updates on operations and road conditions, follow the City online or call customer service at 658-4455.
 
For emergencies only, call 911.
 
The SJEMO will continue to monitor the weather and is prepared to respond if necessary.
 
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