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Rising river levels expected to flood low-lying areas of city

Photo of Rising river levels expected to flood low-lying areas of cityFredericton (December 14, 2010) – With St. John River levels expected to reach 7.6 meters by Wednesday morning, December 15, 2010, residents in low-lying areas of Fredericton can expect localized flooding.

The City of Fredericton Emergencies Measures Organization (EMO) is asking residents in all low-lying area, and in particular, the following areas, to be prepared for water on the road and potential flooding of homes:

·         Lower St. Mary’s: McMinniman, Ross Terrace, and Alderwood

·         Barkers Point:  Riverside Drive from Watters to Barkers Point Bypass

·         Lincoln:  Sections of the Lincoln Road, from the Princess Margaret Bridge to the Wilsey Road, as well as streets in the area Aquarius, Glasier and Bourque Lane, including the Lincoln Road at the City Limits

·         Marysville: River Street from the Penniac Bridge to Chase Street continues to be flooded

  • Some minor flooding could occur in the area of Waterloo Row and Point Saint Anne Boulevard and Devonshire Drive, including ramps to the Westmorland Street Bridge.
  • Downtown Parking Lots along the riverside will also be affected.

City work crews will be monitoring the situation throughout the night.  Motorists are asked to respect any barricade put in place, for the protection of themselves and others.  Transit service to these areas will be affected.

With temperatures expected to drop over night, water tracking on roads in flooded areas could also freeze creating icy road conditions.  Please exercise caution.

The Canadian Red Cross has set up a reception centre and shelter at Neville-Jones House on the University of New Brunswick campus to assist those affected by flooding.

The City of Fredericton Parks & Trees Division advises that trails are now closed in the areas of Chase Street and from Barkers Point to Devon.  The Gibson Trail and south side and north side riverfront trails remain closed.

Members of the public experiencing problems related to flooding are reminded that they can call the City of Fredericton public works dispatch at 460-2038.

The City of Fredericton Emergency Operations Centre remains active and continues to monitor the situation.  A River Watch page has been established on the City of Fredericton web site at www.fredericton.ca.

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Media Contact:  Wayne Knorr, Communications Manager / EMO Public Information Officer, 506-460-2181 / 474-3389 (cell)

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