Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Flood.....

ST. STEPHEN, JULY 26-27 2013
In some areas, damage was worse than prior flood back in 2010 - NB Southern Railway; portion of rail bed knocked down to allow water to escape - the two existing drainage pipes were not enough - otherwise flooding in town would have been worse. Also, approx 800 meters back of open rail bed there is an approx 4-5 ft deep sinkhole.
The sand bagging out and around the Mall was mostly effective and Sobeys Groc. had approx 10 trucks loaded with perishables. Power is out at the store, as precautionary sand and plastic around transformer at back of store worked for a while till water seeped through - not sure how much damage to transformer, but it had to be turned off and is in process of being repaired.
Lots of water out at Dennis Stream by Mayfield Greenhouse - no apparent damage.
The back of Miss D's Groc on Milltown Blvd does not smell nice, plus unmentionable multiple THINGS laying aboot; also something furry n big, or at least the back end of it laying on pavement.
Damage at Queensway worse and deeper than flood in 2010 says Gary McShane from his driveway this morning.

The St. Croix River truly has widened today as one can see by the photos to meet the Bay of Fundy.
In summing up, the flood back in 2010 was one in a hundred year thing - couldn't possible happen again so soon. Year 2013 - problem still exists - nuff said. Approx 166mm of rain fell, perhaps little more throughout early evening. I might add that this is not a rainy season - we don't have one - usually July in this area is sunny, hot, dry and perhaps an odd little rain here and there - our weather pattern is changing as is the worlds weather pattern - somethin's up folks, whether you notice it or ignore it - uncanny storms and more of them are happening all the time. I never thought in my wildest dreams that just a week or so ago we had a tornado about an hours drive or so from here - that only happens on "Dorothy's" farm in Kansas n aboot, Eh. There's just way too much wacky n weird weather happening in our own backyards lately and it seems to be becoming "the new norm".  Batten down yer hatches, and be prepared.
 I drove my bike up to the boat landing in Milltown last night and although the boat landing is under water and there is no beach, we had this very calming, peaceful sky in early evening.                                      
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DJan said...

Yikes! I do hope things right themselves soon. Your pictures tell the tale very well. Two hundred-year floods in three years seems a bit, well, extravagant. :-)

Red said...

Your town has a pretty awful situation. I hope you're okay.
It seems that things have changed and the 100 year predictions are not true anymore.
Here we have such vast areas covered with concrete or pavement the the water has no place to soak in. Wetlands have been destroyed. Farmers drain their fields. Forests are clear cut. We're definitely going to have more floods.

biebkriebels said...

That is too bad the floods returned so soon after all the efforts to prevent. Climates are really changing I think.

A Cuban In London said...

I hope the situation improves quickly. Your photos tell the story very well.

Greetings from London.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I read this post and then didn't get to comment on it. It's been a busy couple of days. Those photo's you have taken are really news worthy. They give a very good glimpse of what is going on in your area.
Is this your rainy season or is what is happening unseasonal?

Things have been hectic here. With such a large family seems there is always a bit of drama. Nothing awful, just every day living things. I try and keep very busy. We all do. I imagine that is pretty much what you do too.

Anonymous said...

Hi There,

My name is Lauren Sharp and I work with the Gabor Group. I am looking for pictures of the New Brunswick flood for an Insurance Bureau of Canada presentation. We saw a youtube video that you made and it has some great pictures! We were wondering if there is a way we could purchase these pictures?

Please let me know as soon as possible.

You can reach me at or 416-961-1757 x211

Lauren Sharp