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City crews prepare for snow and rainfall

A special weather statement is in effect to begin Tuesday into Wednesday with snow, rain and wind expected.

Localized flooding could occur during heavy precipitation. Crews have inspected catch basins in known trouble spots prior to this event to ensure they are open and ready to handle any run-off. Residents living in low-lying areas that have been prone to flooding are reminded to take extra precautions to protect themselves and their property.

Residents should ensure proper drainage around their home by clearing eaves troughs and drainage swales, as well as catch basins or ditches on or near their property. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and observe all barricades, signage and direction from public safety personnel; and avoid driving through flooded areas, whether marked or unmarked, due to unknown depths and hidden hazards such as sink holes and missing man hole covers. Driving through flooded areas can cause damage to homes, businesses and personal property, and can leave drivers and passengers stranded.

To prepare for the event of a prolonged power outage, citizens are reminded to have everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car. An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities. The City of Saint John EMO will monitor conditions and is prepared to respond if necessary.

To sign up to receive emergency alerts, visit Emergency Alert.

To report flooding, contact the City’s Customer Service Centre at 658-4455.

To report a fallen power line or power outages, call SJ Energy at 658-5252 or visit them online.

For emergencies, call 911.

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Here to help – For inquiries related to municipal services, contact the City of Saint John Customer Service Centre at (506) 658-4455, or visit us in person on the Ground Floor of City Hall, 15 Market Square, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.