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River Watch Advisory

01-May-2018

The Saint John-EMO continues to monitor waters on the St. John River and their impact on residents. Transportation and Environment Services crews and members of the Saint John Fire Department have been around the City checking on affected areas in order to ensure the safety of residents. House visits within flooded areas were made last night to ensure that everyone is safe. 

Residents in the Dominion Park, Millidgeville and South Bay areas are experiencing flooding and should plan for voluntary evacuations if the roads become impassible and the flooding persists. It is advised that residents make plans to stay with family and friends if possible. 

Water levels are rising and are expected to continue to do so over the course of the week. The Saint John-EMO warns residents that River Watch has forecasted we could have sustained water levels higher than the 2008 flood by Thursday. High tides also impact water levels in our region. 

Residents along the Westfield Road, between the Gault Road and Mellinger Crescent, should prepare for the possibility of a road closure on both ends by Thursday, and possibly as early as tomorrow. 
Milford areas residents beyond the viaduct on Green Head Road may also be isolated due to road closures. The Randolph Bridge is now covered in water during high tide. 
Residents who live beyond Ragged Point Road past St. Francois De Sales Church may be isolated as early as Wednesday. The road is down to one lane. 

It is anticipated that only those low lying areas close to the St. John and Kennebecasis Rivers will be affected by the flooding. Emergency planning is underway and information is available on www.saintjohn.ca and on the City’s official social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).

Residents are also encouraged to sign up to Sentinel, to receive emergency alert notifications from the City and Saint John-EMO. 

Reception Centre Opened at Carleton Community Centre

A Reception Centre has been opened, as of 1:00 p.m. today, May 1, 2018, by the Saint John-EMO and Canadian Red Cross to assist Saint John residents displaced by flooding and chose to leave their homes. The Centre will offer residents who are displaced due to flooding with a safe place to register, make arrangement for accommodations, get more information, charge electronics, and receive other support services as required.   

The Location of the Carleton Community Centre is 82 Market Place West, Saint John, NB E2M 1B5

The Hours of Operation will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, until further notice. Outside of these hours, affected residents can contact the Canadian Red Cross at: 1-800-863-6582. Those who have chosen to leave their homes and stay with family or friends should register with the Canadian Red Cross so we know you are safe. 

Staying home

If you plan to stay at home and are in a flooded area, ensure you have enough water, food and supplies, including medications, for your family for at least 72 hours and take appropriate steps to minimize damages. 

We ask all residents to check in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours. In the event of an emergency, call 911. 

Residents who do not live in the affected areas are advised to stay away from flood zones and emergency crews working in these areas. Residents should also keep children away from the water, and be extremely careful when boating. The river remains swift, cold and unhygienic. 

Road Closures 

• Lawrence Long Road - Closed 
• Dominion Park Road - Closed 
• Beach Road - Closed
• Bay Street at Westfield Road - Closed in both directions (Traffic leaving the City is being detoured up Gault Road)
• Private Access Road to 221 Manners Sutton Road 
• Ferry Landing - Kennebecasis Drive

Additional roads may be closed if needed and will be opened when the water recedes. 

Barricades and signs have been placed in flood zones for the protection of the public and first responders. Drivers must follow closure notices and observe all barricades. Disregarding barricades is dangerous and is subject to a fine under the Motor Vehicle Act. Tickets will be issued.  

Contacts

To report flooding or damage to City infrastructure, call 658-4455. 
For assistance shutting off your power, or with questions about your electrical service, call Saint John Energy 658-5252.
For emergencies, call 911.
To register with the Canadian Red Cross, call 1-800-863-6582.

 

 

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