Flood recovery update

Residents may now dispose of non-hazardous items at no charge at the Crane Mountain landfill.

Regular household hazardous waste generated by the flood can also be disposed of at the landfill. People should inform staff at the gate that they are disposing of flood-damaged items.

The provincial government is providing free bacterial testing of water for the owners of private wells who have been directly affected by recent flooding. Water sampling kits can be picked up at designated Service New Brunswick centres in Hampton and Saint John, beginning Tuesday.

Owners of private wells must wait 10 days after floodwaters have receded from their well before beginning the chlorination and sampling process. More information can be found here:

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/env/pdf/Water-Eau/WellWaterTestingFlooding-AnalyseDesPuitsDeauInondations.pdf

Residents concerned about the safety of their well water should contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Environment and Local Government for further information.

Residents affected by flooding must report damage by calling 1-888-298-8555 or by registering online here:

https://www.pxw1.snb.ca/snb9000/product.aspx?ProductID=A001P783000&l=e

The New Brunswick Damage Report line is available to receive calls between 8 am and 7:30 pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays.

The trails at Meenans Cove have reopened while Matthews Cove remains closed until further notice.

The Red Cross is providing registered households with residential flood cleanup kits at no charge. These kits of basic household cleanup items can be picked up at Quispamsis Town Hall weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm. There is a limit of one per eligible household.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross to support those affected by the flood. Funds will be used for immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness. Donors may call 1-800-418-1111 or visit www.redcross.ca.

The dumpsters that have been placed along Gondola Point Road are for flood-related debris ONLY. Please do not dump regular household garbage in the dumpsters. This causes the dumpsters to fill up unnecessarily and is disrespectful to our residents who have been affected by flooding.

The dumpsters are at the following civic addresses:

509 Gondola Point Road (pump station)
565 Gondola Point Road (pump station)
678 Gondola Point Road (near beach parking lot)

Sandbags may NOT be placed in the dumpsters due to their weight. Sandbags must be placed curbside by Tuesday, May 21. Residents are reminded that the bags may not be emptied into any watercourse or wetland, or within 30 metres of any watercourse or regulated wetland.

More information on flood cleanup is available here:

https://www.gnb.ca/public/PDF/FloodRecovery-e.pdf

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/healthy_environments/content/health_risks_of_flooding/after_a_flood.html

Home Gardening

As a result of the recent flooding this spring, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health offers the following details and recommendations to those that plant their own food gardens:

  • In general, if you do not see signs of chemical contamination, such as staining or sheens, vegetation that does not look well, or notice chemical odors, then chemical contamination is not likely to be a concern.
  • A minimum waiting period of 30 days after flood water is no longer present is recommended before planting edible plants.
  • Tillage, sunlight, air, and soil microbiological activity over time will contribute to the breakdown of most contaminants.
  • Foods intended for raw consumption, in particular leafy greens and root vegetables, are especially at risk if the recommended waiting period is not followed.
  • Raised beds filled with at least 30 cm (6 inches) of soil that has not been flooded may be used as an alternative.
  • Well water that may have been impacted by flooding should be tested prior to using for watering gardens.