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River Watch Saint John Advisory

02-May-2018

River water levels along the St. John River today are at 5.1 meters and are expected to rise to 5.8 meters by Saturday, May 5. The water is rising quickly and high tides create further impacts. This is record breaking water levels for the Saint John region and could exceed the 2008 flood by over a meter.

The Saint John Emergency Management Organization (SJ EMO) continues to monitor flooding areas and will be mobilizing units within isolated areas to support residents and evacuations.

As of noon today, May 2, 2018 water is over the road and has isolated residents living between the Gault Road and Grenville Lane, a 1.4 Km stretch along the Westfield Road. There are approximately 66 homes in the isolated area.

With rising water levels, and high tide at 2:46 this afternoon, we expect further areas to quickly become impassable.

The Saint John EMO has recommended that all residents in low lying areas along the St. John River and isolated locations to evacuate their homes immediately with their pets and seek accommodation with family or friends.  Residents who are able to check on their neighbours are encouraged to do so.

Specific areas requested to evacuate include:

•    Randolph – those living past the Randolph Bridge.
•    The Westfield Road area (South Bay to Morna) – those living between the Gault Road and the eastern end of Mellinger Crescent.
•    Ragged Point Road – those living past the St-Francois-de-Sales Church.
•    Beach Road.
•    Any isolated areas along the St. John River within the city.
Properties and homes along the river are flooding; roads are being closed as they become unsafe to pass; and we anticipate there would be a prolonged loss of power, water and sewer services to homes in the affected areas.

Evacuation Area - May 1

Isolated area between Grenville Lane and Gault Road

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Isolation area

Those who require assistance can contact the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582 or visit the Saint John Reception Centre at the Carleton Community Centre, 82 Market Place West, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those who evacuate their home should register by calling the Canadian Red Cross so we can ensure your safety.

Residents within the Saint John Energy service territory who are worried about flood waters coming into contact with electrical equipment can call for a service disconnect: 24 Hours-a-day at 658-5252.

Sand bags for City residents

The City is offering a limited supply of sand and bags to residents who wish to use them to support their property in flooding areas. They are available for pick up at the following City Works locations:
•    14 McIntosh Street – North
•    406 Bay Street – West

Residents are reminded to:

•    Observe all barricades and signage and avoid driving through any flooded areas.
•    Stay away from train rail lines as they are an unsafe passage for pedestrians.
•    Avoid boating, kayaking or other water activities at this time as currents are strong and water may be deep and contaminated. Large quantities of debris and ice have been reported coming down river, increasing safety concerns.
•    Avoid the banks of waterways as they are extremely dangerous at this time of year and keep children well out of the area.
•    Read helpful tips, the latest forecasts and public advisories by visiting www.saintjohn.ca, the River Watch website, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Important Contacts:

Canadian Red Cross: 1-800-863-6582
For emergencies, call 911
For Saint John Energy, call 658-5252
To report flooding or damage to City infrastructure, contact: 658-4455
For updates, visit saintjohn.ca
Please click for more info and advice on staying safe: www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2018.05.0479.html

Helpful Tips: What Affected Residents Need to Know

During a flood

•    Keep your radio on to find out what areas are affected, what roads are safe, where to go and what to do if the local emergency team asks you to leave your home.
•    Keep your emergency kit close at hand, in a portable container such as a duffel bag, back pack, or suitcase with wheels.

When flood warnings are issued, take these safety precautions:

o    Shut off the gas supply to your propane tank and appliances, as well as the houses electricity supply. This is the most important step.
o    Do NOT drain your hot water tank, but shut off both valves – the one allowing water into the tank, and the one controlling water coming out.
o    Speak to your propane retailer or a certified technician about the possibility of temporarily removing your propane tank, hot water tank and appliances, as well as the electrical components of your furnace. Plug or cap piping if appliances are removed.
o    Go over your emergency preparedness plan with your family, including escape routes and a safe place to meet.
o    Tie down or secure anything that may contaminate the environment such as pesticides, gas cans, bbq propane tanks and oil canisters.

During an evacuation

•    Vacate your home when you are advised to do so by local emergency authorities. Ignoring such a warning could jeopardize the safety of your family or those who might eventually have to come to your rescue.
•    Take your emergency kit with you.
•    Follow the routes specified by officials. Don't take shortcuts. They could lead you to a blocked or dangerous area.
•    Make arrangements for pets.
•    Time permitting, leave a note informing others when you left and where you went. If you have a mailbox, leave the note there.
Never cross a flooded area
•    If you are on foot, fast water could sweep you away.
•    If you are in a car, do not drive through flood waters or underpasses.

The water may be deeper than it looks and your car could get stuck or swept away by fast water.

•    Avoid crossing bridges if the water is high and flowing quickly.
•    If you are caught in fast-rising waters and your car stalls, leave it and save yourself and your passengers.

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