The Emergency Operations Center status has downgraded to Level 1 – Enhanced Monitoring of both the High Water and COVID 19 Pandemic.
The Town’s Emergency Operations Control Group is anticipating a rise in river levels in the area overnight tonight and into tomorrow due to the heavy rain forecast. The Town of Sussex Works Department and Emergency Measures Coordinator are continuing to monitor the situation. Please take all necessary steps to secure your home and property.
Some steps to prepare for flooding include:
• Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (visit www.getprepared.gc.ca for suggestions for your 72 hour kit)
• Turn off basement furnaces and the outside gas valve.
• Evacuate house pets to a safe, pet friendly area.
• Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level.
• Remove toxic substances such as pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution.
• If possible, remove toilet bowls and plug basement sewer drains and toilet connections with a wooden stopper.
• Listen to your local radio stations or TV networks to stay informed.
• Gather important belongings, prescriptions, emergency items, radios, and a change of clothes and put in a easily portable bag in case of an evacuation
• Ensure that your cell-phone is charged.
• Contact family members and advise them about where you will be if evacuated.
• Shut off main power breaker or lower levels if at all possible.
• Secure loose outdoor items and furniture.
• Relocate vehicles, snow blowers and other equipment that may be damaged by water
A message to Sussex Residents;
The Town of Sussex’s Emergency Operations Control Group has recommended to Sussex Council that is necessary to delay or adjust the planned Spring Clean-up dates. Council has authorized this service change.
The Town has contacted our collection contractor and the Sussex Solid Waste Transfer Station to notify of the Spring Clean-up service date change to May 26th and 27th , 2020.
The Town wishes to avoid the piling of refuse and clean-up materials at curbside and leaving the debris there for over a month as a number of residents have started the clean-up process. The Town requests residents delay the placement at curbside to coincide with our new service dates in May.
The Town apologizes for any inconvenience this change in service date has caused, and the Town remains committed to providing exemplary services to the residents of the Town of Sussex.
A message to Sussex Residents
As many of you are aware, all of the residential waste generated in our community is transferred to the Eco360 regional landfill site located off of the Berry Mills Road in the Moncton area where materials that are contained within the green compost bags and the blue recyclable bags are manually sorted. The risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus is extremely high for staff working at the facility and so, following recommendations from the Province, Eco360 has decided to temporarily end composting and recycling operations. The decision to suspend these operations was made on March 19th but I only became aware of these changes yesterday afternoon and so apologize in the delay in presenting this information. As you read through the Eco 360 service update that we have posted below you will see that they are encouraging everyone to continue to sort their waste in the usual manner. No doubt many of you will have questions and I believe that the Q & A section of the service update will provide you with the answers.
I appreciate that Eco360 has been very transparent and open with their changes in operation. These changes are temporary and I think it’s important to note that the efforts made by all of you over the years have made a tremendous impact on reducing the amount of material that has been placed directly into the landfill site and protecting our environment. The 3 bag system adopted by Eco360 is a highly successful means of ensuring that we are doing what we can to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill site. We can be proud of this system and Eco360 will return to normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
Town of Sussex
Effective Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 all Town of Sussex facilities and departments will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited staff will be deployed in order to ensure the continuance of essential municipal services. You may contact Town Staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents can report non-emergency issues, make water and sewer payments and register for community programs by visiting the Town of Sussex website at www.sussex.ca and using the Online Services menu in the center of the page.
We appreciate that this may be an inconvenience to some, but it is a necessary step to ensure the safety of our staff and community and the continuance of essential municipal services. Thank you for your patience.
When an emergency happens, you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Please take a moment to read this planning guide that will help you and your family to be ready for an emergency in your community.