Thursday, May 17, 2018

Frost Possible Throughout Much of the Maritimes Overnight

10:05 PM ADT Thursday 17 May 2018
Frost advisory in effect for:

Fredericton and Southern York County
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

Clear skies and light winds will give way to frost overnight tonight and likely on Friday night.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to NBstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #NBStorm.

10:04 PM ADT Thursday 17 May 2018
Frost advisory in effect for:

Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

Clearing skies and light winds will give way to frost overnight tonight and likely on Friday night.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to NSstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #NSStorm.

10:04 PM ADT Thursday 17 May 2018
Frost advisory in effect for:

Queens County P.E.I.
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

Clearing skies and light winds will give way to frost overnight tonight and likely on Friday night.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to PEstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #PEStorm.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

"Crying is not going to help" Maugerville, New Brunswick, residents begin heartbreaking cleanup

Maugerville residents and business owners return to find out what the flood waters have claimed

Matthew Bingley · CBC News · Posted: May 12, 2018 6:44 PM AT | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

With their road access restored, residents and business owners have returned to Maugerville after more than two weeks of flooding to begin the painful process of rebuilding their lives.

With most of her belongings on the front lawn, Karina Asmar said she lost almost everything in the flood. She and her partner Chris Bailey made regular trips home by kayak while the water was still high, but this Saturday was the first full day the couple could clean-up.

"I walked in and I swear, I felt completely lost," said Asmar. "I didn't know where to start."

The couple's home is now a hive of activity with friends and family tearing off soggy drywall to make it livable.

Despite the pain of seeing the devastation, Asmar said with worst of the flood over, she's finding she needs to smile.

"The first five days, I would have been in tears," she said, "then you realize crying is not going to help. It's not going to bring everything back."

Asmar is counting her blessings that at least her photo albums were stored high enough that the water couldn't reach them.

The reality of life after a flood is sinking in elsewhere in the community as well. Kirk Spencer has a shipping container on his front lawn, which will become the temporary home for what wasn't ruined by contaminated water.

"Once you can actually get here, check things out, it sinks in a lot more," said Spencer. 

That uncertainty is also being felt by John Buiting who co-owns Portobello Sod Farms. The company's signs boast that "the grass is always greener on our side," but at the moment, that grass is still underwater.

"I'm hoping that we have a half-decent summer, but I can't really tell until the water goes down," said Buiting. He's concerned the wind and waves whipped up last weekend have eroded the soil.

The older grass should survive, but Buiting said he's more concerned about the grass seed he laid out last year that's not as well established.

Many along Route 105 are hoping the Provincial Government's disaster relief program will provide them a little aid. Especially Monty MacMillan, who only found out he didn't have flood insurance after the flood.

MacMillan runs a chainsaw sculpture business and has lost expensive tools and equipment. "We've taken a lot of pictures in hopes that there'll be some assistance from somebody," he said.

Along with everything ruined by the water, MacMillan said a four-foot sculpture depicting himself carving a bear has disappeared.

"I have no idea where it went," he said with a laugh, "it's probably in Jemseg or Saint John."

Water levels to dip below flood stage for most of New Brunswick. by early next week


Some communities could still face high floodwaters

Sarah Petz · CBC News · Posted: May 12, 2018 8:30 AM AT | Last Updated: 11 hours ago

Water levels to drop below flood stage for most of New Brunswick by next week
No major damage seen thus far to Fredericton roads, spokesman says
Saint John EMO looking for volunteers, lifts evacuation recommendation for most areas
Soldiers patrolling flooded areas Saturday to assess damage
As water levels along the St. John River steadily recede, municipalities are ramping up efforts to clean up from the flooding that has devastated parts of New Brunswick.

On Friday, water levels in Fredericton dropped below flood stage for the first time in about two weeks.

Friday also marked the reopening of the Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton, as army engineers were mobilized to flood-affected areas to assess damage to roads and bridges.

Today in Saint John, the city's EMO officially lifted the recommended evacuation for all homes, expect for those still surrounded by water in Tippet Drive, Farry Cove Road, Lawrence Long, and Road by Road 7.

Water levels continue to drop

By early Saturday morning, water levels were roughly six metres along the St. John River near Fredericton, half a metre below flood stage, according to real-time data provided by the federal government.

In Maugerville, water levels were at 5.8 metres and below flood stage for that part of the river.

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Satellite images depict scale of historic New Brunswick flood
However, in the Saint John area, levels were at 4.5 metres Saturday morning, still slightly above flood stage.

According to the province's latest Riverwatch forecast, water levels for most parts of the province should drop below flood stage by early next week.

The forecast says water levels should be at 5.2 metres in the Fredericton area by Tuesday, while levels should be at 3.9 metres in the Saint John region by Monday.

In Sheffield-Lakeville Corner and Jemseg, water levels could still be above flood stage next week, though only Jemseg is expected to have water levels above flood stage for the rest of the week.

Recovery begins, volunteers needed 

Now that the worst of the flooding appears to be over, recovery efforts across the province are in full swing.

New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) has launched a website with information for property owners on cleanup, safety and details on volunteering.

In Fredericton, crews were busy clearing debris from roads and checking on city infrastructure at the end of the week.

Thus far, the flooding doesn't appear to have caused any major damage to the city's roadways, said city spokesman Wayne Knorr.

In Saint John, the city's EMO is looking for people to sign up for a "volunteer blitz" to help homeowners affected by flooding move debris to the curb.

Those interested can register at Harbour Station. Orientation on Saturday and Sunday takes place at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. but EMO staff will accommodate those who can't register at those times.

Volunteers can also register at the following community support centres:

Denis Morris Community Center, 330 Greenhead Road
North Depot, 14 Macintosh Road
KBM, 2452 Westfield Road
Volunteers will be assigned to teams and shuttled to various flood-impacted areas across the city.

Pick-up service offered 

In Fredericton, the city is offering a special debris pick-up service for property owners impacted by flooding until May 28.

Residents are asked to put all of their debris and flood-related waste curbside, including broken appliances, drywall, carpet and clothes.

Any household hazardous materials should be piled separately from flood debris, and wet building materials should be torn up as soon as possible to avoid mould buildup, the city said in a news release on its website.

Knorr stressed that residents impacted by flooding should try to get wet material out of their homes as fast as possible to prevent mould growth.

Crews are patrolling flooded areas of Fredericton regularly, so residents can put their materials on the curb at anytime, Knorr said.

Army arrives, Trudeau visits  

Army engineers were mobilized Friday to help provincial authorities with mitigation measures and assist in planning and co-ordinating relief efforts.

Base Gagetown spokesman Capt. Jamie Tobin said about 40 soldiers, comprised of 10 teams of four, were working through the St. John River Valley Saturday, assessing damage to transport routes and critical infrastructure, if there is any.

They will then pass that information on to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure "so they can prioritize where they're going to make those repairs."

The Canadian Coast Guard is also still assisting New Brunswick EMO, patrolling flooded ares and providing transport to and from Darlings Island, said Keith Laidlaw, deputy superintendent of environmental response for the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region.

He said the Coast Guard will continue their role until they're told by the province that they're no longer needed.

Premier Brian Gallant announced Thursday that he has asked the Canadian Armed Forces to conduct a reconnaissance mission to determine what, if any, support it could provide now that floodwaters have started to recede.

Soldiers assessing flood-damaged roads and bridges won't be heaving sandbags
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed later that day via Twitter that the federal government would step in.

However, Gallant later said the agreement came with some "caveats."

"The Canadian Armed Forces personnel — and this is important, I believe, for New Brunswickers affected by the floods to know — will not engage in post-flooding damage cleanup or other such tasks that would place the Canadian Armed Forces in competition with local industry," he said during an unrelated news conference in Moncton on Friday.

The military will not make final determinations as to the "serviceability or safety" of civilian infrastructure either, he said.

That responsibility rests with the provincial government, said Gallant.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Oromocto late Friday afternoon visiting an incident command post and touring affected communities along the St. John River with the premier and local MPs.

"Even though the waters are lower, you know that there's been tremendous flooding, [a] tremendous number of people impacted and of course the work on the cleanup is going to come in the coming weeks and months. It's still going to be a real issue," Trudeau said during a brief statement to reporters.

To date, 1,688 people from 738 households have registered with the Red Cross.

Friday, May 11, 2018

About 60 soldiers assigned to flood relief in New Brunswick

Engineers deployed from Base Gagetown will help assess damage to roads and bridges, prioritize repairs

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon · CBC News · Posted: May 11, 2018 12:46 PM AT | Last Updated: 22 minutes ago

About 60 soldiers will provide flood relief support to the New Brunswick government in response to a request from Premier Brian Gallant, the Canadian Armed Forces announced on Friday.

But the troops from the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in Oromocto won't be heaving heavy sandbags out of homeowners' yards or doing cleanup work that private companies could be hired to do.

They are army engineers who will assess the damage to roads and bridges from the unprecedented flooding in the southern part of the province, and prioritize next steps.

Fredericton area falls below flood stage as water levels recede across province
The house is safe. Now what do you do with all of those sandbags?
Ottawa says yes to New Brunswick's plea for military assistance in flood cleanup
The soldiers will advise provincial authorities on mitigation measures and assist in planning and co-ordinating relief efforts.

"I am proud to see our members of the Canadian Armed Forces once again responding to help Canadians in their time of need," Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said in a statement.

The flooding, which started more than two weeks ago and reached historic levels, has forced more than 1,600 people from their homes and left devastating damage in its wake, including washed-out roads and water-covered bridges.

The Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton was closed for more than a week but reopened Friday morning, with one lane in each direction and reduced speed limits.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was  scheduled to be in Oromocto in late afternoon to visit an incident command post and visit affected communities along the St. John River with the premier.

Gallant announced on Thursday he had requested the Canadian Armed Forces to conduct a reconnaissance mission to determine what, if any, support it could provide now that the floodwaters have started to slowly recede.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed in a tweet Thursday night that the federal government would provide support.

"The Canadian Armed Forces personnel — and this is important, I believe, for New Brunswickers affected by the floods to know — will not engage in post-flooding damage cleanup or other such tasks that would place the Canadian Armed Forces in competition with local industry," he said during an unrelated news conference in Moncton on Friday morning.

The military will not make final determinations as to the "serviceability or safety" of civilian infrastructure either.

That responsibility rests the provincial government, said Gallant.

Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, commander of Joint Task Force, Atlantic, said the mission is "a bit more personal" for the team.

"They're deploying to help their neighbours, and the communities close to where they live."

Many of the members have already been volunteering their evenings and weekends to help, said Baines.

"I'm proud to say that this is simply who they are, and what they do."

About 15 members of the 4 Engineer Support Regiment mobilized Friday morning to assess the damage in Grand Bay-Westfield, near Saint John, along with commanding officer Lt.-Col. Chris Cotton.

A larger group was touring Islandview, west of Fredericton.

Cotton said further military involvement could follow the assessment phase but added he's not in a position to make those kind of promises.

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The Gallant government has faced criticism from some residents and the Opposition for not calling in the military sooner.

But provincial and Emergency Measures Organization officials maintained they had the resources they needed during the flood itself.

Red Flag Warning issued for all of Maine

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Caribou ME
247 PM EDT Fri May 11 2018

MEZ001>006-010-011-015>017-029>032-120000-
/O.CON.KCAR.FW.W.0001.000000T0000Z-180512T0000Z/
Northwest Aroostook-Northeast Aroostook-Northern Somerset-
Northern Piscataquis-Northern Penobscot-Southeast Aroostook-
Central Piscataquis-Central Penobscot-Southern Penobscot-
Interior Hancock-Central Washington-Coastal Hancock-
Coastal Washington-Southern Piscataquis-Northern Washington-
247 PM EDT Fri May 11 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING
FOR FOR HIGH FIRE DANGER FOR ALL OF EASTERN AND NORTHERN MAINE......

* AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zone 001 Northwest Aroostook,
  Fire Weather Zone 002 Northeast Aroostook, Fire Weather Zone
  003 Northern Somerset, Fire Weather Zone 004 Northern
  Piscataquis, Fire Weather Zone 005 Northern Penobscot, Fire
  Weather Zone 006 Southeast Aroostook, Fire Weather Zone 010
  Central Piscataquis, Fire Weather Zone 011 Central Penobscot,
  Fire Weather Zone 015 Southern Penobscot, Fire Weather Zone
  016 Interior Hancock, Fire Weather Zone 017 Central Washington,
   Fire Weather Zone 029 Coastal Hancock, Fire Weather Zone 030
  Coastal Washington, Fire Weather Zone 031 Southern Piscataquis
  and Fire Weather Zone 032 Northern Washington.

* TIMING...Into early evening.

* WINDS...Northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 23 percent.

* TEMPERATURES...In the upper 40s.

* LIGHTNING...None expected.

* IMPACTS...Any fires which ignite could spread very rapidly and
  become out of control.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures will
create dangerous fire weather conditions.

&&
$$

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Gray ME
254 PM EDT Fri May 11 2018

...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY...

.Very dry air will produce relative humidity values around
20 percent into this evening. In addition, a northwest wind of 10
to 20 mph is expected with higher gusts. Good moisture recovery
is expected tonight followed by wetting rains across southern
zones Saturday.

MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-120000-
/O.CON.KGYX.FW.W.0001.000000T0000Z-180512T0000Z/
Northern Oxford-Northern Franklin-Central Somerset-
Southern Oxford-Southern Franklin-Southern Somerset-Interior York-
Interior Cumberland-Androscoggin-Kennebec-Interior Waldo-
Coastal York-Coastal Cumberland-Sagadahoc-Lincoln-Knox-
Coastal Waldo-Northern Coos-Southern Coos-Northern Grafton-
Northern Carroll-Southern Grafton-Southern Carroll-Sullivan-
Merrimack-Belknap-Strafford-Cheshire-Eastern Hillsborough-
Interior Rockingham-Coastal Rockingham-
Western And Central Hillsborough-
254 PM EDT Fri May 11 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING
FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS...

* Affected Area...Fire Weather Zone 001 Northern Coos, Fire
  Weather Zone 002 Southern Coos, Fire Weather Zone 003 Northern
  Grafton, Fire Weather Zone 004 Northern Carroll, Fire Weather
  Zone 005 Southern Grafton, Fire Weather Zone 006 Southern
  Carroll, Fire Weather Zone 007 Northern Oxford, Fire Weather
  Zone 007 Sullivan, Fire Weather Zone 008 Northern Franklin,
  Fire Weather Zone 008 Merrimack, Fire Weather Zone 009 Central
  Somerset, Fire Weather Zone 009 Belknap, Fire Weather Zone 010
  Strafford, Fire Weather Zone 011 Cheshire, Fire Weather Zone
  012 Southern Oxford, Fire Weather Zone 012 Eastern
  Hillsborough, Fire Weather Zone 013 Southern Franklin, Fire
  Weather Zone 013 Interior Rockingham, Fire Weather Zone 014
  Southern Somerset, Fire Weather Zone 014 Coastal Rockingham,
  Fire Weather Zone 015 Western And Central Hillsborough, Fire
  Weather Zone 018 Interior York, Fire Weather Zone 019 Interior
  Cumberland, Fire Weather Zone 020 Androscoggin, Fire Weather
  Zone 021 Kennebec, Fire Weather Zone 022 Interior Waldo, Fire
  Weather Zone 023 Coastal York, Fire Weather Zone 024 Coastal
  Cumberland, Fire Weather Zone 025 Sagadahoc, Fire Weather Zone
  026 Lincoln, Fire Weather Zone 027 Knox and Fire Weather Zone
  028 Coastal Waldo.

* Winds...Northwest 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Timing...Into early evening.

* Relative Humidity...As low as 20 percent.

* Temperatures...In the lower 50s.

* Lightning...None

* Impacts...Very dry conditions will combine with gusty
  northwest winds to produce dangerous conditions for wildfires.
  If a fire develops, it could spread rapidly in these
  conditions. Use extra precaution to avoid starting a fire.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now....or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.

&&
$$

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fire Weather Watch issued for all of Maine

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Caribou ME
334 PM EDT Thu May 10 2018

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
EVENING...

.A cold front will move east of the region early Friday. Gusty
northwest to west winds will develop in the wake of the front
along with falling humidity levels. The gusty winds, falling
humidity levels and recent dry conditions will produce an
increased fire threat Friday.

MEZ001>006-010-011-015>017-029>032-111000-
/O.NEW.KCAR.FW.A.0001.180511T1400Z-180512T0000Z/
Northwest Aroostook-Northeast Aroostook-Northern Somerset-
Northern Piscataquis-Northern Penobscot-Southeast Aroostook-
Central Piscataquis-Central Penobscot-Southern Penobscot-
Interior Hancock-Central Washington-Coastal Hancock-
Coastal Washington-Southern Piscataquis-Northern Washington-
334 PM EDT Thu May 10 2018

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING FOR A HIGH FIRE DANGER FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN
MAINE...

The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a Fire Weather
Watch for a high fire danger, which is in effect from Friday
morning through Friday evening.

* AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zone 001 Northwest Aroostook, Fire
  Weather Zone 002 Northeast Aroostook, Fire Weather Zone 003
  Northern Somerset, Fire Weather Zone 004 Northern Piscataquis,
  Fire Weather Zone 005 Northern Penobscot, Fire Weather Zone 006
  Southeast Aroostook, Fire Weather Zone 010 Central Piscataquis,
  Fire Weather Zone 011 Central Penobscot, Fire Weather Zone 015
  Southern Penobscot, Fire Weather Zone 016 Interior Hancock, Fire
  Weather Zone 017 Central Washington,  Fire Weather Zone 029
  Coastal Hancock, Fire Weather Zone 030 Coastal Washington, Fire
  Weather Zone 031 Southern Piscataquis and Fire Weather Zone 032
  Northern Washington.

* TIMING...Friday morning through Friday evening.

* WINDS...Northwest to west 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 30 to 35 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 25 to 30 percent.

* TEMPERATURES...Around 50 north to the upper 50s to around 60
  Downeast.

* LIGHTNING...None expected.

* IMPACTS...Any fires which ignite could spread very rapidly and
  become out of control.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings. You should check with your local fire
department or forestry office before doing any burning. Please
remember that a burn permit is required for all burning.

&&
$$

Norcross

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Gray ME
244 PM EDT Thu May 10 2018

...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED ON FRIDAY...

.A cold front will move through the region tonight, ushering in a
cool and very dry air mass straight out of the Arctic. While
temperatures warm on Friday from the strong May sun, the very dry
air will produce relative humidity values around 20 percent. In
additiona, a northwest wind of 10 to 20 mph is expected with
higher gusts, setting the stage for rapid fire growth if a fire
were to occur.

MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-110800-
/O.NEW.KGYX.FW.A.0001.180511T1400Z-180512T0000Z/
Northern Oxford-Northern Franklin-Central Somerset-
Southern Oxford-Southern Franklin-Southern Somerset-Interior York-
Interior Cumberland-Androscoggin-Kennebec-Interior Waldo-
Coastal York-Coastal Cumberland-Sagadahoc-Lincoln-Knox-
Coastal Waldo-Northern Coos-Southern Coos-Northern Grafton-
Northern Carroll-Southern Grafton-Southern Carroll-Sullivan-
Merrimack-Belknap-Strafford-Cheshire-Eastern Hillsborough-
Interior Rockingham-Coastal Rockingham-
Western And Central Hillsborough-
244 PM EDT Thu May 10 2018

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR NEW
HAMPSHIRE AND WESTERN MAINE...

The National Weather Service in Gray has issued a Fire Weather
Watch for critical fire weather conditions, which is in effect
from Friday morning through Friday evening.

* Affected Area...Fire Weather Zone 001 Northern Coos, Fire
  Weather Zone 002 Southern Coos, Fire Weather Zone 003 Northern
  Grafton, Fire Weather Zone 004 Northern Carroll, Fire Weather
  Zone 005 Southern Grafton, Fire Weather Zone 006 Southern
  Carroll, Fire Weather Zone 007 Northern Oxford, Fire Weather
  Zone 007 Sullivan, Fire Weather Zone 008 Northern Franklin,
  Fire Weather Zone 008 Merrimack, Fire Weather Zone 009 Central
  Somerset, Fire Weather Zone 009 Belknap, Fire Weather Zone 010
  Strafford, Fire Weather Zone 011 Cheshire, Fire Weather Zone
  012 Southern Oxford, Fire Weather Zone 012 Eastern
  Hillsborough, Fire Weather Zone 013 Southern Franklin, Fire
  Weather Zone 013 Interior Rockingham, Fire Weather Zone 014
  Southern Somerset, Fire Weather Zone 014 Coastal Rockingham,
  Fire Weather Zone 015 Western And Central Hillsborough, Fire
  Weather Zone 018 Interior York, Fire Weather Zone 019 Interior
  Cumberland, Fire Weather Zone 020 Androscoggin, Fire Weather
  Zone 021 Kennebec, Fire Weather Zone 022 Interior Waldo, Fire
  Weather Zone 023 Coastal York, Fire Weather Zone 024 Coastal
  Cumberland, Fire Weather Zone 025 Sagadahoc, Fire Weather Zone
  026 Lincoln, Fire Weather Zone 027 Knox and Fire Weather Zone
  028 Coastal Waldo.

* Winds...Northwest 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* Timing...Friday morning through Friday early evening.

* Relative Humidity...As low as 20 percent.

* Temperatures...Peaking in the mid 50s to mid 60s.

* Lightning...None

* Impacts...Very dry conditions will combine with gusty northwest
  winds to produce dangerous conditions for wildfires. If a fire
  develops, it could spread rapidly in these conditions. Use extra
  precaution to avoid starting a fire.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings.

&&
$$

New Brunswick asks for military assistance in flood cleanup





Armed Forces will be performing a reconnaissance mission to see how they could help

Colin McPhail, Sarah Petz · CBC News · Posted: May 10, 2018 6:18 AM AT | Last Updated: 22 minutes ago

Water levels dropping, but EMO says many communities still 'well above' flood stage
Military examining what role it could play in flood recovery
MRDC official says Trans-Canada Highway could fully re-open on Friday afternoon
More than 1,500 New Brunswickers displaced by flooding
The Canadian Armed Forces will be performing a reconnaissance mission to see what, if any, role it can play during during the flood recovery in New Brunswick, Premier Brian Gallant announced Thursday.

The mission comes at the province's request as the focus of residents and emergency officials shifts to the cleanup effort now that water levels are receding in the lower basin of the St. John River.

Safety hazards persist as floodwaters retreat, say New Brunswick officials
Province works on some financial relief for cottagers devastated by flood
Saint John closes 4 parks, underscoring health hazards of floodwaters
Gallant said the mission will determine what kind of role the military could play and the province should receive an answer in the next 24 hours.

"We certainly hope that the answer will be yes, because we would like to see as much support as possible to try to get the cleanup done as quickly as possible," the premier said during news conference in Fredericton.

Water levels along the river continued to drop Thursday, though most southern riverside communities remain above flood stage and many homes are still under water.

"The priority will be for us to keep them safe," Gallant said. "But there are people that are getting into the recovery stage, and we want to do everything we can to support them in getting their lives back to normal as quickly as possible.

"That means all hands on deck."

The province has received pressure from some residents as well as opposition MLAs to call in the military to assist the relief effort. Both provincial and Emergency Measures Organization officials have said a continuous conversation with the military about available resources has occurred during the flood.

According to Gallant, as of Saturday, Brig.-Gen. Derek Macaulay, commander at Base Gagetown, decided there were no tasks appropriate to delegate to the armed forces. On Tuesday, the EMO said no more assistance is needed from the federal government.

EMO has already requested help from the federal government, and it received boats from Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

By Thursday afternoon, the Red Cross has registered 1,516 displaced New Brunswickers from 655 homes.

Road closures

It's all on hands on deck as well at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Operations director Ahmed Dassouki said technical teams are deployed to restore and recertify affected roads and bridges — more than 150 have been affected by flooding.

"We will be using all available staff and resources for the restoration effort, including bringing in casual workers earlier than usual or required," he said. "We're also ready to move staff from divisions that weren't impacted by the flood to areas that have been hard hit."

The department is also reaching out to private contractors and Public Works Canada, if needed.

As the river drops, so does the number of closed roads. For a list of affected roads, click here.

The Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton remains closed. But Norman Clouston, the general manager of the Maritime Road Development Corp., said the highway could reopen Friday afternoon.

Clouston said debris and driftwood is being cleared from the highway on Thursday.

When the highway reopens, the MRDC official said one lane will open in each direction and the speed limit will be about 70 km/h.

He said preliminary inspections have revealed erosion at the side of the highway, but so far it doesn't seem to have undermined the highway itself.

River forecast

Water levels in the lower basin will continue to retreat in the coming days, as the worst of what Gallant called "the largest most impactful flood ever recorded in our province" has passed.

Want to know how fast floodwaters are receding? We have a chart for that
The river at Fredericton hovered around seven metres Thursday, and it should return to below flood stage, 6.5 metres, by Saturday, according to the province's River Watch outlook.

The water level in Saint John still remains above the previous high of 5.4 metres in 1973, but it will gradually fall to below flood stage (4.2 metres) by Sunday. Maugerville and Oak Point should also drop below flood stage on the weekend.

The communities of Grand Lake, Jemseg and Sheffield will see water levels slowly decline, but the forecast suggests it will be next week before the levels fall below flood stage.

Despite the continuing decline, Geoffrey Downey, a spokesperson for the provincial EMO, said water levels are still "well above" flood stage in some communities.

He cautioned people against returning home. If they do go home, they should make sure they do safely and approach their properties with caution.

"We understand that some people have been out for 10, 11, 12 days and they're frustrated, and they want to see what the immediate future holds in terms of starting the recovery process," Downey said. "But rushing back into a potentially dangerous situation doesn't help anyone in the end.

"Who knows what's happened in their absence?"

Cleanup kits available 

Starting Thursday, the Red Cross is providing free flood cleanup kits.

The kits are filled with useful items such as a mop, broom, squeegee, scrub brush, sponges, work gloves and latex gloves, masks, garbage bags and a bleach-based all-purpose cleaner. 

They can be picked up at the Red Cross offices at Loch Lomond Place at 12 MacDonald St. in Saint John, and 318 Maple St. in Fredericton, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including on the weekend. There is a limit of one kit per household.

The province is cautioning residents against emptying sandbags near watercourses or wetlands, saying sandbags should be disposed through debris collection or a regional landfill.

In Fredericton, the city's park and ride shuttle services will continue until Friday, though commutes should be a little easier this morning as all of the Westmorland Street Bridge ramps are back open.

Many roads in the area are still closed, however, including Lincoln Road at the city limits (or Baker Brook), Riverside Drive at Route 8, and Morrell Park.

In the Saint John area, four public parks are closed due to possible contamination due to flooding: Robertson Square, Tucker Park, and Lower Shamrock parks in the north end, and Dominion Park on the west side.

Hazards persist

As cleanup efforts begin, health officials are warning property owners to watch out for mould and other contaminants.

Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey, the regional medical officer of health, said people should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants as well as rubber gloves while cleaning up their homes and businesses, because floodwaters may have contaminated their property.

N.B. floodwaters contaminated with sewage, EMO warns, as water levels keep rising
Masks should be worn as well by people who spot any mould spores, she said.

"It can start to grow fairly quickly in a matter of days," she said.

Symptoms of exposure to mould include irritation of the mouth, nose and eyes, Lamptey said, and respiratory problems could worsen.

If people are on a private water system that has been flooded, they should be boiling their water or using an alternative source for drinking and cooking.

The Emergency Measures Organization and Department of Health are also telling residents not to eat fiddleheads that were picked from flooded riverbanks, since they may be contaminated.

Floodwaters may have contaminated much of this season's fiddleheads
"There's just no way of knowing if there's a chemical that may make you sick," Lamptey said.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Coast guard poised to assist New Brunswick EMO with flood response

11 staff and 4 emergency response vessels are in Saint John, ready to be deployed

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon · CBC News · Posted: May 04, 2018 3:35 PM AT | Last Updated: 34 minutes ago

The Canadian Coast Guard has mobilized in Saint John and is ready to assist the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization with record-breaking flooding in the region.

The exact role and destination of the 11 staff and four vessels has not yet been determined, said Keith Laidlaw, deputy superintendent of environmental response for the Atlantic region.

"We are just arriving on site and standing up our staging area," he told CBC News shortly before noon at the coast guard depot on Navy Way.

"Once we get into the [emergency operations centre] and set up our own command, we'll be better equipped to understand what our role here will be."

Saint John faces rising water levels as record-breaking flood worsens
Flooding 'far from over' in southern New Brunswick as EMO warns of continuing rising water
New Brunswick calls in coast guard to help flood relief effort
But the emergency response vessels are on trailers at the depot, available to deploy.

Some other vessels were dispatched earlier to the Grand Lake area, said Laidlaw.

The boats are flat-bottom landing craft that can operate in shallow waters and carry payloads, he said.

"Our operators are very familiar with … beaching these vessels and lowering the bow gates to deploy people or to recover people or to recover materials."

Mid-size boats need "a substantial boat launch," such as a yacht club, but the smaller, 18-footer can launch from a smaller site, he said.

A seven-ton boom truck can also be used to lift the boats into the water if no boat ramp is available.

Premier Brian Gallant announced Thursday that the province had enlisted the help of the coast guard after a week of severe flooding.

In Saint John, the St. John River reached the 1973 high mark of 5.4 metres during high tide early Thursday morning. The flood stage is 4.2 metres.

The water level is expected to peak at 5.9 metres on Monday.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Rain could push St. John River levels near 8.3 metres, Fredericton EMO says



Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien asked residents to respect the traffic measures in place because of the flood

CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2018 6:54 AM AT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago

As rain drenches the New Brunswick capital, the rise in the St. John River could rival the 8.3 metres reached during the major 2008 flood, an emergency official says.

River levels had been stable at about eight metres, but the rainfall  Monday is threatening to push the river to 8.3 metres, Wayne Tallon, the director of Fredericton's Emergency Measures Organization.

Tallon said his organization tries to anticipate water levels as best it can, but the rapid rise of the river late last week caught it off guard.

Flooding forces widespread road and office closures in Fredericton area
Road closures continue on Day 3 of St. John River floods
"We didn't anticipate the waters to rise that quickly," he said.

"I could literally see the water come up into that parking lot [from City Hall]."

He said he thinks the quick change in weather as well as heavy rains contributed to the rapid flooding.

"We really never had a spring," he said. "We went from winter to summer in 48 hours.

"It just surprised everybody."

'We'll get through this'

Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien asked residents to be patient and respect the traffic measures in place.

He said the city is not near the point of having to declare a state of emergency but noted the situation will likely stay the same for the rest of the week.

"We'll get through this … and hopefully at the end of this we can all meet downtown and have a pop," O'Brien said on Information Morning Fredericton on Monday.

Two shelters have been set up in Fredericton for people displaced by flooding and who have no access to temporary accommodations.

Fredericton residents can use the shelter at the Salvation Army on St. Mary's Street, and people from outlying areas can use a shelter on the UNB campus at 20 Bailey Drive.

River rising south of capital

Although water levels could hold at about eight metres in the Fredericton area, communities south of the city could experience rising water levels over the next 48 hours, said Geoffrey Downey  a spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Public Safety.

These include Maugerville, Sheffield and Jemseg by the St. John River, as well as Quispamsis, on the Kennebecasis River, he said.

People, animals scramble for safe ground as waters rise in Maugerville, N.B.
Flood risk in N.B. moving downstream with river levels expected to rise for next 48 hours
But he cautioned that water levels are on the rise across the province, so anyone living on the river system needs to be prepared.

"This is a dynamic situation and things can change," he said.

Better modelling needed

Both Tallon and O'Brien said that the city plans to talk to provincial partners about why their modelling didn't predict the rapid rising floodwaters.

"Obviously, the modelling that has worked very well and accurately over the years, couldn't keep up with it," Tallon said.

"I'm not dissatisfied, but we're working with technology that is not giving us the right information and the right time."

Flooding forces widespread road and office closures in Fredericton area



Flooding forces widespread road and office closures in Fredericton area

City encouraging residents to leave cars at home as more than 40 roads and streets remain closed

CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2018 12:48 PM AT | Last Updated: an hour ago

Flooding has caused widespread road closures and traffic delays across Fredericton, prompting the city to ask residents to leave their cars at home if they can. (Gary Moore/CBC )

Closures and traffic delays piled up in the Fredericton area Monday morning as the banks of the St. John River continued to spill its banks.

Provincial government offices in downtown Fredericton are closed Monday to help ease constraints on parking and traffic created by the flooding.

The Fredericton courthouse is also closed. All scheduled court matters are being heard at the Burton courthouse.

In addition, the Fredericton Public Library and New Brunswick College of Craft and Design are also closed.

Rain could push St. John River levels near 8.3 metres, Fredericton EMO says

Meanwhile, about 40 roads and streets remain closed throughout Fredericton.

Drivers are asked to avoid Lincoln Road, Waterloo Row, Union Street east of Gibson, Riverside Drive and Lower St. Mary's.

John Lewis, the city's traffic engineer, said the combination of road closures and parking lots being flooded has made commutes very difficult.

Only two city-owned parking lots are ope: Frederick Square and the east end parking garage.

Fredericton is down by more than 800 parking space in total, according to a news release from city hall.

"This is one of the more challenging transportation issues that we've had to deal with for quite some time," Lewis said.

As a result, the city was encouraging people to walk or bike to work or find other alternate ways of getting to the office.

More road closures affected by floodwaters across New Brunswick
City buses are free, and the city has also set up park-and-ride shuttle services on the city's north and south sides.

Shuttles will run continuous service from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m, and again from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., from these locations:

Brookside Mall — pickup, drop-off location at Queen and Westmorland streets.
Willie O'Ree — pickup, drop-off location at Queen and Westmorland streets.
Grant Harvey Centre — pickup, drop-off location York and Brunswick streets (Brunswick Street Baptist Church).
Regent Mall (former Sears location) — pickup, drop-off location York and Brunswick streets (Brunswick Street Baptist Church).
School closures

The flooding led the Anglophone West School District to cancel some schools Monday and to cancel busing in some areas.

George Street Middle School in Fredericton and Barker's Point Elementary School will be closed on Monday.

Bus changes include:

Busing in the Rusagonis area will be cancelled (buses 378, 376, 345, 345, 344, 380, 385).
Busing in the Maugerville area will be cancelled (buses 238 and 253).
Busing for Connaught Street School will be cancelled (bus 201).
Buses 14, 15 and 17 in the Perth-Andover area will be cancelled.
Busing for grades K to 8 students in the Hoyt and Central Blissville areas will be cancelled.
Busing for grades 9 to 12 students in the Fredericton Junction and Tracy areas will be cancelled.
In all other local areas impacted by flooding and road closures, buses will service up to the road closed. signs/barriers. The district says if students can meet their bus at these locations, transportation will be. provided. Where buses are not running, transportation will be the parent's responsibility.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Winter Storm Xanto Update Two


















Winter Storm Xanto Update One