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Expect a busy 2013 Hurricane season


June 7, 2013 
                                                                                                       
MONCTON – June 1st marked the official beginning of the 2013 Hurricane Season, and remnants of Andrea, the first named tropical storm of the season, will bring wet weather to our region this weekend. As such, the City of Moncton would like to remind its citizens that storm season brings about high winds and the potential of heavy rains that can bring localized flooding.
 
City of Moncton Public Works crews will be on stand-by to deal with any situations that may arise during this year’s storm season and this weekend as we deal with tropical storm Andrea.
 
With the potential of a very active storm season, the City is trying to be as proactive as possible so that the impacts of any issues as a result of localized flooding are minimal.  We encourage citizens to call our 24/7 dispatch line at 859-2643, to report any signs of flooding or other hazards so that crews can be sent out to investigate and remedy the situation. 
 
To further help homeowners in Moncton protect their basement from flooding, the City of Moncton is continuing its Backwater Valve Incentive Program. This program provides a $500 rebate towards the installation of an approved backwater valve. In order to qualify for the rebate, all work must be performed by a Licensed Plumber under the terms and conditions of a Plumbing Permit and inspected by the City’s Building Inspection Department. For more information, visit Moncton.ca or contact the Building Inspection Department at 856-4375.
 
The City also encourages people to check their house insurance policy, so they are well aware of what their policy covers and does not cover, and can make informed decisions about their house insurance needs. 
 
Residents are also asked to increase their vigilance and ensure that any loose items around their house (lawn furniture, patio and BBQ accessories, etc.) are secured in advance of any storm warnings. 
 
The City of Moncton also strongly encourages residents to prepare an emergency kit that can sustain their family for 72 hours.  It is always a good idea to ensure a proper supply of water, food and fuel in the event of a power failure. Citizens can find information on emergency preparedness, emergency kits, and on how to deal with various situations, including flooding and hurricanes on our website, Moncton.ca, in the Residents section, under Emergency Preparedness, or visit www.getprepared.gc.ca
 
Residents can also find useful information in the City’s Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Protection available online at moncton.ca, in the Residents section, under Emergency Preparedness, under Floods. Copies of the Guide are also available at City Hall.
 
Below are six quick, inexpensive ways to reduce the risk of your house flooding:

  1. Plug leaks
    -          Use silicone to seal holes or cracks in your eavestroughs, downspouts, extensions, walkways and patios.
  2. Repair or replace downspout extensions
    -          Purchasing and installing extensions or splash pads is inexpensive but very important in getting water away from foundation walls.
  3. Clean eavestroughs and downspouts
    -          A gloved hand, (or garden spade), ladder and garden hose are what you need to get the job done.
  4. Backfill under steps and decks
    -          Dirt and some shovel work is all it takes to fill depressions and get the ground sloping downhill away from the house.
  5. Top up sunken areas around the foundation
    -          Ground around your basement settles over time. Raising that up with some dirt and shovel work will re-establish a positive grade again at little or no cost. You should maintain an 8 inch clearance below exterior siding when adjacent to the foundation wall.
  6. Disconect eavestroughs if they are connected to your house sewer or if they go into the ground.

Forecasters at the Canadian Hurricane Centre say this could be a very active storm season. The United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) outlook, released in May, predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes. These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

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Media Contact:
 
Mélanie Cécyre
Corporate Communications
City of Moncton
506-877-7745