This is day 11 since our Oromocto Fire Department (OFD) has been heavily engaged in the regional flood response. I want to thank our staff and volunteers as well as the communities that have supported OFD in this complicated response. I also want to take a minute to explain the current situation in Town.
As I mentioned, OFD has been heavily involved in the regional response, but there have been a few impacts to the Town itself. In Oromocto we have partially closed three roads (Waasis Road West, Onondaga Street and Wharf Road) and the Deer Park trails until the water subsides and the debris is cleared. Some of our recreational facilities have been impacted and have been closed to the public (Deer Park ballfield, Hazen Park and the Hazen Park Centre). Debris cleanup on the trails and parks will begin once the water recedes. The Engineering and Public Works Building was evacuated and employees have been relocated to the Kings Arrow Arena. However, the Spring yard waste cleanup started on Monday and will run until the 18 May 2018. Some of the Hazen Park Centre programming has been interrupted or relocated to other facilities until the building can be re-energized; the marina is expected to open on time and the majority of summer minor and adult field-sport programs will begin as planned . While we’ve had some traffic congestion in the mornings, as commuters have taken alternate routes to avoid flooded roads, we expect that to return to normal once those roads are opened.
We are still in a flood stage and residents are reminded to avoid the flooded waters that may be contaminated and to avoid any recreational boating while currents remain so strong. Drinking water samples are being monitored and there is no indication that the drinking water on the Town’s system has been compromised.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by the flooding and is looking for more information, please contact the Oromocto Flood Line at 506-357-3211 or visit http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/public_alerts/river_watch.html.
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