EMO Keeping A Close Eye On Approaching Weather System

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018     country 94 news

New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization is on standby as they prepare for this latest storm.

Forecasters are calling for up to 10 centimetres of snow and ice pellets in southern New Brunswick, followed by as much as 40 millimetres of rain.

EMO’s Danielle Elliott tells us they’re watching the situation very carefully.

“There are certainly concerns that there could be potential flooding in certain areas, especially in the southern areas, where we saw it particularly during the last storm,” says Elliott.

Heavy rain earlier this month caused major flooding and damage in some areas, and even led to some temporary evacuations in Sussex and Musquash, but Elliott says they’re not expecting the same level of rainfall this time.

“We just want to make sure that residents take appropriate actions to protect their properties,” she says.

That includes making sure drains are clear of snow and debris and ensuring anything that could be damaged is taken inside or protected.

Elliott says you should have everything you need to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after the storm.

“This includes having an emergency kit for both their home and their car, knowing what to do during power outages, and knowing how to stay safe during an emergency.”

If you see flooding or rising water levels, you should report it to EMO by calling 1-800-561-4034, or by calling 911 if it’s an emergency.

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