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Heavy Rain Preparation

September 11, 2015

MONCTON – With a rainfall warning in effect for the Greater Moncton region, the City of Moncton would like to inform residents that crews will be on stand-by to deal with any situations that may arise. 

The City does not expect any major issues but is being proactive so that the impacts of any issues as a result of localized flooding are minimal. The City will be monitoring all roads and drainage points and spillway gates at both Centennial Park and Jones Lake are open in order to accommodate heavy rain.

The City also strongly encourages residents to prepare an emergency kit that can sustain their family for 72 hours.  While it's probably not necessary in this particular case, it is always a good idea to ensure a proper supply of water, food and fuel in the event of a power failure.

Storm drains clogged with leaves and debris can cause local flooding of roads and private property. Residents are encouraged to clear storm drains near their property if they are capable, in order to reduce the risk of street flooding. 

At any time, residents who have experienced basement flooding are encouraged to call the City of Moncton’s 24/7 dispatch line at 859-2643 to advise us of the location. This information is used to keep track and provide assistance when possible. It can also be used for future planning purposes. Residents who are experiencing flooding are reminded to contact their insurance provider immediately.

The City would like to remind motorists that during heavy rainfall they should be cautious and slow down while driving because of the potential to hydroplane. Motorists should also give themselves extra time to arrive to their destination, as unexpected street flooding might force traffic detours.

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 remedy the situation. 

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Media Contact:

André Cormier
Communications, City of Moncton
506-859-2686 / andrem.cormier@moncton.ca