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SJ-EMO Issues Voluntary Evacuation Notice for Saint John residents in areas along the St. John River that may become isolated due to rising flood waters

22-Apr-2019

(SAINT JOHN) - Due to flooding, road closures, and rising water levels along the St. John River, the Saint John-EMO is issuing a voluntary evacuation notice for residents living in the following areas:

• Randolph Island – those living past the Randolph Bridge
• Westfield Road – those living between Bay Street and Grenville Lane
• Ragged Point Road – those living past the St. Francois De Sales Church
• Beach Road
• Any other isolated area along the St. John River within the City of Saint John

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Emergency access and local traffic to these areas is now limited and could become completely cut off due to increased flooding in the coming days (as per Provincial River Watch projections). This voluntary evacuation notice impacts an estimated 605 people.

Affected residents are asked to make their own accommodations with family and friends. Those who are unable to make their own arrangements and require assistance can call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582. Information about a Reception Centre and emergency shelter in Saint John will be available tomorrow (Tuesday, April 23). Affected residents are encouraged to evacuate with their pets.

Residents should evacuate with the following supplies:
• A week's worth of clothing
• Medications
• Identification, cash and keys
• Pets, their food, carriers and medical history/list of vaccinations

All residents who evacuate their homes should register with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582 so we know you are safe and can maintain contact.

Water levels along the St. John River will continue to rise throughout the week and further road closures will be put in place as this happens. Flooding and road closures could isolate homes in affected areas for five days or more. Emergency services will have limited ability to respond and reach residents who chose to stay in these areas during this time.

River water levels are currently close to 4.44 metres, and could reach 5.3 metres by Friday. This exceeds the 2008 flood level, and is close to the height of last year’s flood at 5.7 metres.

For more information, including daily and projected flood levels, road closures, and safety information, visit www.saintjohn.ca/riverwatch.

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