Nearly 10,000 people in New Brunswick were without power Saturday morning as heavy rains pummelled the province, forcing some people in the southwest part of the province to leave their homes due to risk of flooding.
The town of Sussex advised evacuation of parts of the community Saturday morning, setting up an emergency shelter at Kingswood University.
The evacuation order affected between 80 to 100 people living near Trout Creek, according to Robert Duguay, communications director for New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization.
By noon, the situation appeared to be stabilizing, and the evacuation order was lifted, Duguay said.
This morning, Duguay said those in the Sussex area were most likely to experience flooding over the weekend, and should remain “alert and aware.”
He said he didn’t have details on water levels at the moment but said all small water ways in New Brunswick were at risk today because of the volume of water the province has received.
Thousands without power
As of 11 a.m., 10,078 people are without power in the province, according to NB Power’s website.
Most of the outages are concentrated in the Kennebecasis Valley area, where 8,612 people have no electricity.
Marc Belliveau, a communications officer with NB Power, said the outages in this area are related to trees falling on power lines.
In one instance in the Quispamsis area, a tree broke, fell onto power lines and then fell on lines again after crews had lifted it off, he said.
Most of the outages were expected to be resolved Saturday morning, according to NB Power’s online outage map. But by 1 p.m., 9,660 were still without power.
Flash freezes, heavy rain make for bad roads
Environment Canada has issued weather warnings, varying from flash freezes, to heavy rain, freezing rain and snow, for every part of the province this weekend. Some northern areas are expected to experience a mix of all four, making for a messy 48 hours.
People in New Brunswick are being warned about slick driving conditions, flooding and power outages as heavy rain moves across most of the province.
“With the amount of snow currently on the ground and temperatures reaching the positive double digits, substantial snow-melt and run-off is expected with the rainfall, which could lead to flooding and potential ice jams on rivers,” the weather agency said in a statement.
“Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.”
The New Brunswick EMO held a news conference Friday to caution residents about the likelihood of slippery surfaces for both vehicles and pedestrians, and about power outages.
Road closures pile up
Road closures began to pile up by midday Saturday as rain continued in New Brunswick. According to New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation, at least six roads were closed throughout the province:
- Route 495, and Route 485 near Moncton are closed due to washouts. Route 515 near Bouctouche is also closed due to flooding.
- A road closure and detour is now in effect on McLaughlin Drive near the Trans Canada Highway overpass in Moncton
- Wirral State Road near Wirral and Cochrane Lane near Welsford are closed to emergency vehicles due to flooding.
- Route 126 between Moncton and Miramichi is closed due to flooding
It also warned residents about the possibility of flooding in some areas.
In addition to the Sussex area, Duguay said anyone living near the Kennebecasis and Canaan Rivers are also at risk of flooding and should be vigilant, he said.
Duguay advised motorists to avoid roads covered by water as it could be dangerous.
“Water may be deeper than it appears.”
Sussex fire chief Harold Lowe said some roads have been closed in the community due to water on the roads “so we’re still actively monitoring everything.”
More than 20 firefighters and volunteers have been going door-to-door to check on residents since 3:30 a.m., he said.
“Sussex has a history of flooding … it’s just part of what happens,” he said.
“There are areas in town, when the water gauge gets to a certain level, then we, the town workers and volunteer firefighters, go door to door and we expand that as the water rises.”
Residents experiencing flooding can report issues to EMO by calling 1-800-561-4034.
If it’s an emergency, Duguay advised calling 911.
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Edmonton /ˈɛdməntən/ (About this sound listen) is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the “Calgary–Edmonton Corridor”.
The city had a population of 932,546 in 2016, making it Alberta’s second-largest city and Canada’s fifth-largest municipality. Also in 2016, Edmonton had a metropolitan population of 1,321,426, making it the sixth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. Edmonton is North America’s northernmost city that has a metropolitan population over one million. A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.
Edmonton’s historic growth has been facilitated through the absorption of five adjacent urban municipalities (Strathcona, North Edmonton, West Edmonton, Beverly and Jasper Place) and a series of annexations ending in 1982.[ Known as the “Gateway to the North”, the city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories.
Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname “Canada’s Festival City”. It is home to North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world’s largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum.
Further information: History of Edmonton and Timeline of Edmonton history
The earliest known inhabitants settled in the area that is now Edmonton around 3,000 BC and perhaps as early as 12,000 BC, when an ice-free corridor opened as the last glacial period ended and timber, water, and wildlife became available in the region.
In 1754, Anthony Henday, an explorer for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), may have been the first European to enter the Edmonton area. His expeditions across the Canadian Prairies were mainly to seek contact with the aboriginal population for establishing the fur trade, as competition was fierce between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. By 1795, Fort Edmonton was established on the river’s north bank as a major trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company. The new fort’s name was suggested by John Peter Pruden after Edmonton, London, the home town of both the HBC deputy governor Sir James Winter Lake, and Pruden.
In 1876, Treaty 6, which includes what is now Edmonton, was signed between the Aboriginal peoples in Canada (or First Nations) and Queen Victoria as Queen of Canada, as part of the Numbered Treaties of Canada. The agreement includes the Plains and Woods Cree, Assiniboine, and other band governments of First Nations at Fort Carlton, Fort Pitt and Battle River. The area covered by the treaty represents most of the central area of the current provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to southern Alberta in 1885 helped the Edmonton economy, and the 1891 building of the Calgary and Edmonton (C&E) Railway resulted in the emergence of a railway townsite (South Edmonton/Strathcona) on the river’s south side, across from Edmonton. The arrival of the CPR and the C&E Railway helped bring settlers and entrepreneurs from eastern Canada, Europe, U.S. and other parts of the world. The Edmonton area’s fertile soil and cheap land attracted settlers, further establishing Edmonton as a major regional commercial and agricultural centre. Some people participating in the Klondike Gold Rush passed through South Edmonton/Strathcona in 1897. Strathcona was North America’s northernmost railway point, but travel to the Klondike was still very difficult for the “Klondikers”, and a majority of them took a steamship north to the Yukon from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jasper Avenue, ca. 1907
Incorporated as a town in 1892 with a population of 700 and then as a city in 1904 with a population of 8,350, Edmonton became the capital of Alberta when the province was formed a year later, on September 1, 1905. In November 1905, the Canadian Northern Railway (CNR) arrived in Edmonton, accelerating growth.
During the early 1900s, Edmonton’s rapid growth led to speculation in real estate. In 1912, Edmonton amalgamated with the City of Strathcona, south of the North Saskatchewan River; as a result, the city extended south of the North Saskatchewan River for the first time.
Just prior to World War I, the boom ended, and the city’s population declined from more than 72,000 in 1914 to less than 54,000 only two years later. Many impoverished families moved to subsistence farms outside the city, while others fled to greener pastures in other provinces. Recruitment to the Canadian army during the war also contributed to the drop in population. Afterwards, the city slowly recovered in population and economy during the 1920s and 1930s and took off again during and after World War II.
The Edmonton City Centre Airport opened in 1929, becoming Canada’s first licensed airfield.Originally named Blatchford Field in honour of former mayor Kenny Blatchford, pioneering aviators such as Wilfrid R. “Wop” May and Max Ward used Blatchford Field as a major base for distributing mail, food, and medicine to Northern Canada; hence Edmonton’s emergence as the “Gateway to the North”. World War II saw Edmonton become a major base for the construction of the Alaska Highway and the Northwest Staging Route.
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