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.
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“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 www.stjohns.ca.