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Flood Event

UPDATE 4, FINAL – Friday February 18, 2022, 6:00 pm, Ice Jam – High Water Alert

The Town’s EOC Control group have activated the Town’s emergency Operations Centre at 6:00 am Friday February 18, 2022. to Level 3 Full Activation.

Precautions / Operations undertaken to date.

  1. EOC Group will be actively monitoring conditions remotely throughout the evening hours.
  2. Monitoring of Trout Creek continues with favourable downward trends since 1:30 PM local time today, Friday February 18, 2022.
  3. The EOG group believe we are entering a favourable forecast with an end to our rainfall warning.
  4. The EOC Control Group has asked that Public Works to begin scheduling winter de-icing operations on Town Streets as the temperatures continue to drop.
  5. The following street closures remain authorized by Sussex EMO until 6:00 PM Friday, February 18, 2022:
    a. Holman Avenue.
  6. The following street closures remain authorized by Sussex EMO until 8:00 PM Friday, February 18, 2022:
    a. McLean Street, partial closure.
    b. Mills Lane, Full closure.
    c. Maxwell drive, partial closure.
    d. Wallace Court, partial closure.
  7. The Town’s EOC group request that the barricaded streets be honored as the movement of unnecessary traffic can cause additional damage to impacted residents.
  8. The process of reenergizing the underground power to Jonah Court has been completed. Door to door inspections have been completed by a qualified electrician. Further assessment is ongoing of work necessary is currently underway on the remaining residential properties currently without power.
  9. The Town’s EMO service believes the risk of further ice jams and localize flooding risks have now ended.

The Town will undertake a final social media and website posting advising of the Emergency Operations Centre activation to Level 1 – Active monitoring.

Given the current conditions and event trending, and there are no notable events of significance, this message is intended to be the final message related to the Town’s Emergency activation on Friday February 18, 2022.

UPDATE 3 – Friday February 18, 2022, 3:00 pm, Ice Jam – High Water Alert

The Town’s EOC Control group have activated the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre at 6:00 am Friday February 18, 2022 to Level 3 Full Activation.

Precautions / Operations undertaken to date.

  1. EOC Coordinator Horton is on site to review firsthand the water levels, and ice jamming being experienced on Parsons Brook and Wards Creek.
  2. Close monitoring of Trout Creek is currently ongoing.
  3. Water levels in Trout Creek have peaked at 1:30 pm local time today February 18, 2022.
  4. The EOG group believe we are entering a favourable forecast with an end to our rainfall warning.
  5. The EOC Control Group has asked that Public Works to schedule works crews though today to address drainage issues as they arise.
  6. The following street closures have been authorized by Sussex EMO:
    a. Wallace Court, full closure
    b. Jonah Court, full closure.
    c. Holman Avenue, full closure.
    d. MCLean Street, full closure.
    e. Maxwell drive, partial closure.
    f. Magnolia Avenue, partial closure.
  7. The Town’s EOC group request that the barricaded streets be honored as the movement of unnecessary traffic can cause additional damage to impacted residents.
  8. Our EOC group has recommended and has closed the emergency shelter effective at 3:00 PM local time Friday, February 18, 2022.
  9. The process of reenergizing the underground power to Jonah Court has begun. Door to door inspections will be undertaken on each residence impacted to ascertain circuits that may have been impacted by water. These inspections will be completed by a qualified electrician. This inspection process needs to be completed prior to reenergizing Jonah Court. Our EOG group will attempt to complete the inspection process prior to 6 pm if possible. Further assessment is ongoing of work necessary is currently underway.
  10. The Town’s EMO service believes the risk of further ice jams are no longer at issue.

Updates over the evening hours and scheduled further EOC Control Group meetings will be undertaken as the situation warrants.

UPDATE 2 – Friday February 18, 2022, 12:45 pm, Ice Jam – High Water Alert

The Town’s EOC Control group have activated the Town’s emergency Operations Centre at 6:00 am Friday February 18, 2022. to Level 3 Full Activation.

Precautions / Operations undertaken to date.

  1. EOC Coordinator Horton is on site to review firsthand the water levels, and ice jamming being experienced on Parsons Brook and Wards Creek.
  2. Close monitoring of Trout Creek is currently underway.
  3. The second Emergency Sentinel Alert has been sent Town wide at 11:15 am, as follows:

This is an advisory from the Town of Sussex. It’s Friday, February 18, 2022 11:00 AM

Water levels continue to rise in Trout Creek, Wards Creek and Parson’s Brook. For residents who are in need of temporary shelter, Kingswood University Chapel, on Wesley Drive in Sussex is being opened. Those In need of shelter can call 432-4540.

Before leaving for the shelter, please take steps to secure your home and property. Remember to bring any medications and essentials with you.

Please also make arrangements for care of your pets as you may not be able return to your home once you leave.

If you need immediate assistance or transportation to the shelter, please call 911.

  1. The EOC Control Group has asked that Public Works to schedule works crews though today to address drainage issues as they arise.
  2. The following street closures have been authorized by Sussex EMO:
    a. Wallace Court, full closure
    b. Jonah Court, full closure.
    c. Maxwell drive, partial closure.
    d. Magnolia Avenue, partial closure.
  3. One (1) emergency shelter has been opened to accommodate those residents that wish to leave their residential property.
  4. Underground power has been temporarily cut to Jonah Court. Further assessment is ongoing of when power service can be restored.
  5. The Town’s EMO service are dealing with difficult ice jamming in the Parson’s Brook areas. Ice Jamming in the Ward’s Creek areas are no longer at issue.

The Town will undertake a social media and website posting advising of the Emergency Operations Centre activation to Level 3 – Full Activation and to provide the link where residents can update their Sentinel information to receive the Town’s emergency messages.

Updates will be broadcast over this afternoon and through the evening hours and schedule further EOC Control Group meetings as the situation warrants.

UPDATE 1 – Friday February 18, 2022, 07:30 am, Ice Jam – High Water Alert

The Town’s EOC Control group have activated the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre on Friday February 18, 2022 to Level 3 Full Activation effective at 6:00 am.

Precautions / Operations undertaken to date.

  1. EOC Coordinator Horton is on site to review firsthand the water levels, and ice jamming being experienced on Parsons Brook and Wards Creek.
  2. Close monitoring of Trout Creek is currently underway.
  3. A Emergency Sentinel Alert has been targeted to the McLean Street, Mills Lane, Stewart Avenue, Wallace Court ,as well as Jonah Court areas, as follows:

Residents in low lying areas should be advised that there has been a significant rise in river levels nearing flood stage.

Areas of Parson’s Brook and Wards Creek are being impacted by ice jams.

The Town of Sussex Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to Level 3 – Full Activation. Equipment is onsite clearing the jams.

Please take all necessary steps to secure your home and belongings and have ready any medications and essentials you require in the event that you are asked to evacuate.

Please monitor local media and weather forecasts for further details.

  1. The EOC Control Group has asked that Public Works schedule works crews though today to address drainage issues as they arise.
  2. A further assessment of increasing our complement of public works staff to address issues past the normal workday hours will be undertaken at 3:00 pm this afternoon.

The Sussex Fire Department will be in the affected areas to assist residents if needed.