St. John’s activates emergency response plan

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One of at least 30 communities to do so today in province

Taken from a hospital room at the Health Sciences, facing CBC and Prince Phillip Drive. Taken 2 p.m.

The City of St. John’s has joined several other Newfoundland municipalities and activated its emergency response plan in light of the storm damage caused by hurricane Igor.

According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre and the province’s Fire and Emergency Services agency, at least 30 communities have declared states of emergency and 19 communities are isolated due to washed-out roads.

Officials are calling it the worst storm in the province’s recent history.

A total of 193 mm of rain has fallen in Bonavista so far, 217 mm in St. Lawrence and 150 km/hr winds were recorded today at Sargona Island in Fortune Bay.

City officials say Igor is producing heavy rain and strong winds in the St. John's metro area.

“The City of St. John’s has made preparations to assist in minimizing the effects of this hurricane,” said a statement released by the city this afternoon.

“Crews have cleared storm sewers and culverts of debris and personnel are available should other measures be necessary,” the release states. Citizens should listen for updated forecasts and take appropriate precautionary measures to prevent possible damage to property.”

City officials say residents with concerns or questions related to flooding should call the city’s 24-hour service centre at 311, or visit the city’s website at

Organizations: Canadian Hurricane Centre, Fire and Emergency Services

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Bonavista, St. John's

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Recent comments

  • Hemant Kumar Gayatri
    September 22, 2010 - 14:39

    We pray for safety and well being of all the people NL and St.john's at this hour of emergency caused by the devastating Igor.

  • homesick
    September 21, 2010 - 21:37

    Thinking of family and friends - hoping you are all safe, warm and dry and that the power gets restored as soon as possible. Sounds like a day to stay in and knit or read a good book for sure.