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A message from your Saint John EMO

Residents asked to prepare for heavy rainfall, coastal flooding and severe wind gusts due to Hurricane Lee

With a hurricane watch in effect for Saint John beginning Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday afternoon, the Saint John Emergency Management Organization (SJ-EMO) is asking residents to be prepared. The current forecast is for significant rainfall, strong to severe wind gusts and potential coastal flooding. Wind gusts of up to 100km/hour are expected to peak on Saturday. Please be aware and be cautious when walking or driving. Travel is not recommended if possible. The City will continue to monitor updated forecasts as the weather event approaches. 

The City’s Public Works and Transportation crews are preparing trucks with road barricades and signage and will continue to inspect major catch basins and drainage gutters across the City. The SJ-EMO will monitor the weather and respond if necessary. 

What you can do to help: 

  • If able, clear catch basins and gutters from any obstructions near homes. 
  • Tie down or move loose items around your property. 
  • Use caution and be safe around coastal areas. 
  • Reduce driving speeds, keep headlights on, observe all posted signage and barricades and avoid driving through any areas that are covered in water. 
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit.

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

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

For emergencies, call 911. 

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