Residents can expect sandbags to be available if flood waters are projected to reach 5.2 metres


(Saint John, NB)  The City of Saint John has a Spring Freshet Emergency Response Policy. It defines response parameters and actions that will be taken by the City in the event that we begin to approach extreme (5.2 metres and above) flood waters along the St. John River.

The current five-day projection shows 4.6 metres in the Saint John area by Thursday. While this level does surpass the regular spring flooding we experience at 4.2 metres, it is not considered extreme for our area.
Emergency sandbag distribution centres will only be set up for City residents if and when the five-day projections show 5.2 metres.

The City has a new piece of equipment to assist crews with the effort required to fill the sandbags. This means that residents and volunteers will not be asked to fill them this year. The distribution centres will be staffed and assistance will be available to load the sandbags into vehicles. This will ensure a safe and efficient process at the distribution centres.

Please stay connected through the City’s website and Facebook or Twitter pages for further updates, including locations of the distribution centres if they are required.

Check the New Brunswick River Watch website for up-to-date flood water projections in the Saint John area. Or call the River Watch Information Line at 1-888-561-4048.

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