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2018-01-04 - Emergency Officials Urge the Public to Prepare for Potential Flooding

Emergency officials in the City of Charlottetown are advising those living and travelling in areas prone to flooding to use caution and make any preparations necessary for the potential storm surge that is being forecast.

The current Environment Canada forecast is predicting a Stage 2 Storm Surge or below. Based on historical surges of this size, the City expects there may be flooding in low lying areas, such as the Victoria Park Roadway (including the areas where the Victoria Park Roadway intersects with Brighton Road and Terry Fox Drive), Water Street near Weymouth and Prince streets, and Haviland Street in the area of Dorchester and King streets.

City staff will continue to monitor water levels and these areas of Charlottetown and will barricade any flooded areas if there are safety concerns.

Those living and travelling in areas prone to flooding should also monitor water levels and weather updates for changing conditions. Any notices or updates from City officials will be issued via local media and the City’s social media channels.

With winter weather upon us, residents and businesses should be prepared with a 72-hour survival kit in case of emergency. It is important to prepare for all types of emergencies such as hurricanes, flooding, blizzards or other events that may mean days without electricity or other utilities, and potential delays in emergency response or access to supplies.

Some of the supplies recommended for a survival kit include:

• a supply of water for between three and seven days;

• non-perishable food;

• a stocked First Aid kit;

• prescription and non-prescription medicines;

• formula, diapers and other baby supplies, if needed;

• a manual can opener;

• toiletries;

• battery-powered radios and flashlights with extra batteries;

• blankets and a change of clothing for each household member (in case of evacuation);

• candles and matches or a lighter;

• and a charged cell phone.

It is recommended that parents discuss with their children what to do in case of emergency, and that everyone in the household knows where the emergency kit is located.

For more information on preparing for emergencies, visit: http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

 

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Media contact:


Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca



Thursday, Jan 18, 2018
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