Tuesday, 3 Oct 2023

New Brunswick EMO advising residents to brace for flood season

As spring approaches, the thought of another devastating flood is stressful for people living along the Saint John river.

“Where am I going to go? What am I going to do when the water comes over my driveway if and when it does?” said Dawn Sharpe, a Maugerville resident.

Dawn Sharpe was forced out of her river front home by 2019’s devastating flood. for two weeks she lived in a friend’s trailer at the Maugerville Community Center. When she was able to return to her home she found it extensively damaged.

“It’s the clean up here, the logs, the trees the stumps the debris that wash in it’s just a massive cleanup,” said Sharpe.

New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization has a program for residents like dawn that do not qualify for flood insurance.

“If you do have access to insurance and choose not to get it you are not eligible for disaster financial assistance,” said Geoffrey Downey the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization communications officer.

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