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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Destructive Storm Hammers SJ

A wild day of wind and rain have been incredibly destructive in the Port City.

Extremely strong wind gusts have blown the siding off homes, knocked down countless trees and snapped power poles.    The resulting mess has kept utility employees, police and others very busy today.

The causeway is closed to traffic Eastbound because of high water and Bayside Drive is closed from the Causeway to Redhead Road due to downed power lines. 

The Chipman Hill Pedway has now reopened as the windows have been secured. Large glass planes were dangerously close to coming out of the pedway and falling onto to Chipman Hill.  

NB Power is reporting more than 33,000 customers are without power in the rain and wind storm.   Over 8600 in impacted in Darlings Island, Quispam, Rothesay, Hampton and the Peninsula.    Major outages are also reported in Sussex and St. Stephen and Moncton.

Saint John Energy is dealing with numerous broken poles and wires down and expect that work to continue until tonight.

City police telling CHSJ News the Redhead dyke is now closed due to the high water.
High surf is reported at Saint's Rest today.   Police are directing traffic at several intersections where the lights are out.

Lancaster Avenue is blocked to traffic at Simms Corner after a power pole came down.
The storm leading to cancelled and delayed flights at the Saint John Airport.

The following roads are closed:  
  • Bayside Drive at the Causeway to Red Head Road (downed power lines)
  • East lane of the Causeway (water)
  • Sand Cove Road at the entrance to the Irving Nature Park
  • Germain Street between King Street and Union Street
  • Red Head Road at the eastern dyke (water)
  • Churchland Road from Loch Lomond Road to Cozy Lake Road (downed tree)