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Updated Flood Information -- May 9, 2018


Flood Information – Wednesday, May 9, 2018

We ask for the patience of residents while the flood recovery process begins. The members of Saint John EMO want ensure the safety of residents and our first responders. Safety remains our first priority during recovery.  

Water levels have peaked and will drop over the next few days.

Stay off roads that are closed. Although water is receding, and pavement might look safe, it might be compromised underneath and needs assessment. Keep yourself and your passengers safe.

City drinking water remains safe to consume; private wells may be compromised

Those on the Saint John Water Drinking Water system can continue to consume their tap water. Monitoring and testing has been enhanced and ongoing and it is safe to consume.  If this changes, you will be notified. The NB-EMO has advised people on private wells that may be compromised to not use them before they have been disinfected and tested. More details for testing are available through the Department of Environment and Local Government

Flood water has been deemed contaminated. Please stay away.

Ten wastewater lift stations remain offline as staff assess conditions.

Solid Waste Customers West and North

There will no garbage/compost collection on Friday May 11, 2018 in the following areas. 

  • By Road number 7

  • Farry Cove Lane after house number 16

  • Lawrence Long Road

  • Westfield Road from Grenville Lane to Gault Road

All residents in flooded areas, do not put river debris in your compost. River debris is likely contaminated and must be disposed with regular garbage.

Special arrangements will be made for residential collection once flood waters recede and the infrastructure of the roads are assessed. More information about special solid waste pick up will be available Friday, May 10, 2018.

Four public parks closed due to flooding, possible contamination

Four public parks outside the isolation zones have been closed due to flooding. We understand the appeal of these parks, especially given the warmer weather. Unfortunately, the flood waters have created uncertainty about the depth of water, the integrity of playground equipment and possibility of contaminated water in these parks. Residents are asked to observe the posted signage and not enter the following parks at this time:

  • Robertson Square (North)

  • Tucker Park (North)

  • Lower Shamrock Park (North)

  • Dominion Park (West)

Support Service

The public will be notified when the parks reopen.

Horizon Health Network is offering telephone support to any resident who is experiencing emotional distress or who is in a mental health crisis or who may require an in-home assessment by a mental health professional. Please call the Mobile Crisis Service 1-888-811-3664 between 8am and midnight. 

If you just need a listening ear any time of the day or night, please call the Provincial CHIMO toll free help line at 1-800-667-5005. They provide a confidential anonymous service 24 hours a day.

Road closures

Fifteen roads are being monitored with many of them closed at this time. Updates are provided on our mobile app (www.saintjohn.ca/riverwatchsj) and City website.

Looking ahead

We are still dealing with water that is above flood level. It is expected to slowly recede and we continue to urge caution around the water. 

SJ-EMO has begun planning for the initial recovery phases. There is a lot to consider and plan for. Additional information will be provided as the recovery plans unfold.

The main priority is to open roads once the water levels have receded, in order to provide access to residents and to emergency vehicles. It is important to note that roads will only be open after they have been inspected and deemed safe. A lack of water on the road does not ensure it is safe.



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