Flooding forces closure of Randolph Bridge on west side of Saint John, 05 May 2018 (Twitter/City of Saint John)
Some residents are still recovering from the historic spring flooding along the southern St. John River and its tributaries.
Flood levels were elevated between 27 April and 18 May affecting Fredericton, Saint John and areas in between.
By the numbers (provided by Government of New Brunswick):
- 12,000 – properties affected by flooding to some degree
- 2,627 – residents who registered for disaster financial assistance
- 1,871 – residents who asked for health and safety inspection of properties
- 1,110 – households registered with the Canadian Red Cross
- 4,000 – tonnes of debris from flood dumped at landfills
Vehicles submerged by flooding near Greeley, Colorado, USA, 14 Sept 2013 (AP)
Historic flooding in the state of Colorado, USA has left at least 6 people dead and more than 500 missing according to emergency management officials.
The state has asked the federal government for up to 20 counties to be considered disaster areas so they will be eligible for relief.
Heavy rains have caused rivers and streams to overflow and the deluge has also led to ten oil spills.
The hardest hit areas have been north and east of Denver, Colorado’s state capital.
Floodwaters at Perth-Andover, NB, 23 March 2012 (GNB)
The record-breaking warmth and rapid snowmelt has contributed to flooding along the banks of the St. John River this weekend.
The community of Perth-Andover (pop. 1800) and Tobique First Nation have been hardest hit where ice jams and water have caused severe flooding with about 500 forced to evacuate.
New Brunswick Premier David Alward announced a recovery program for affected residents in Perth-Andover today when he toured the area.
Residents are asked tocall 1-888-298-8555 to report damage and register for disaster financial assistance.