Fredericton — It’s no laughing matter: the slow-moving and well-forecasted flood has surprised Fredericton residents again, as it seems to every year. EMO officials are advising anyone located within the flood area to evacuate their homes while they still can, to grab only the necessities and make for higher ground before they get trapped by invading waters.
In a sit-down interview with The Manatee, Emergency Measures Organization spokesperson Zachary Brown warned that if people didn’t soon evacuate that they could be caught, quote, “knee-deep in the water somewhere.”
He went on to discuss Fredericton’s recent sunny, summer-like weather, and how it seemed to juxtapose the Biblical flood beyond our windows. He urged people not to let their guards down, but also not to despair. “Got the blue sky, breeze, and [due to the flood] it don’t seem fair.”
Nightmares of the 2008 St. John River flood still haunt many residents, as most people categorize it in the same level of horror as 2014’s Hurricane Arthur. For many, it’s just one of those things that you never really get over.
The death toll of this year’s flood has officially reached that of 2008’s, a resounding zero. Some experts have suggested that number could triple in the coming days, while others have even theorized that it could climb as high as one-hundred times the current toll.
Facebook has provided a way to ensure to your friends and family that you are safe and alive, a simple click that could put the minds of your loved ones at ease. Already dozens of Fredericton Facebook users have marked themselves as “safe,” which leaves us to believe that the other 58,000 residents are in mortal peril.
Here at The Manatee we hope that everyone is keeping safe and dry, and encourage you, nay, plead you to mark yourself as safe so that we can stop worrying about you.
Support for those affected by flooding:
If you and your family reside in a flood-affected region and you’re trying to cope with fear, sadness, and other difficult emotions, or if you’re concerned about loved ones, we remind you that you can contact inConfidence toll-free, any time, for confidential support.
Professional consultants are available 24/7, with practical guidance and resources to help you ease a child’s fears, manage your own anxiety, and understand what to expect in the coming days. You can also log in to the program website any time to access helpful information, such as:
· Getting Organized After a Natural Disaster
· Helping Young Children Cope After a Natural Disaster
· Helping Your Teenager Cope After a Natural Disaster
· Recovering Financially After a Flood, Fire, or Other Disaster
· Returning to Your Flooded Home
· Restoring Your Flooded Home
· Steps to Take After a Flood, Fire or Other Disaster
· Working With Your Insurance Company After a Flood, Wildfire, or Other Emergency
For the state of water levels in New Brunswick, please refer to the River Watch website for the latest updates.
Visit inConfidence online, or call toll-free, any time, 24/7: 1-866-721-1738