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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rain And Flood Update

A number of roads are still closed due to flooding, even though the heavy rain warning has now ended. 

Rothesay Avenue and McAllister drive are still closed. 

Police reporting the stretch of Rothesay Avenue in front of Crosby's Molasses as one of the worst areas. 

The intersection of Brook Side, between the McDonald's and Parkway mall, is reported to have two feet of water. 

Police say they have already towed 4 cars from the area, and drivers are advised to avoid it if at all possible.

Rain Wreaks Havoc On City

The police getting lots of calls about the rain and flooding, so make sure to drive slowly if you're out and about today.

Traffic is being diverted on Rothesay Avenue because of the amount of water, and on the Loch Lomond Road near the Loch Lomond Villa a number of manhole covers have been lifted completely off from the pressure of the water.

City crews are aware and you're advised to be extremely careful if in the area. The highway near the Foster Thurston has also been reported as a particularly bad area.

A heavy rainfall warning is in effect for the region, with local amounts expected to reach 50 millimetres in one hour.

Motorcycle Event Benefits Food Banks

Area food banks are happy to see a crowd of motorcyclists gathered in St. Andrew's for the 2011 edition of Atlanticade. 

Donna Linton says food banks in Charlotte county will be benefiting from the event's generosity for the second year in a row. 

She says the food banks are in constant need of thousands of pounds of food every month, and they're very fortunate the event has come to town.

Linton says this year three events will benefit three local food banks, and they're hoping to raise 3000 dollars.

River Study Delivers Mixed Messages

The release of the newest survey of the Saint John River comes with some good and bad news. 

Researcher Karen Kidd says the report, which looks at how the river has changed over the last four decades, shows some parts of the river that have definitely improved over time.  She says that's likely because we've done a better job managing our waste water.

Kid says problem spots remain below Edmunston, and between Grand Falls and Mactaquac where oxygen levels are lower and fish have a harder time thriving in their environments.

She says the hope now is that stakeholders will step forward to discuss how things can be improved.

North End Drug Bust

Police arresting and releasing a 45 year old man in a drug bust in the city's North End on Thursday.

The man was charged with drug trafficking as well as weapons charges and will appear before the judge at a later date.

Police found 2 firearms, marijuana, 4 grams of crack cocaine, and pills in a home on Main Street North.

Rothesay Police Enforce New Rules

Rothesay police cracking down on impaired drivers now that there's a tougher punishment for driving under the influence. 

Police handing out three 7-day suspensions at a road block on the Hampton Road last night.  

The suspensions are part of new rules that kicked in June 24th, where drivers caught with a roadside breathalyzer reading above 0.05 get a week long time-out from driving. 

The punishment used to only be a one-day suspension.

Visitation and Funeral Times Announced For Oland

Funeral Services announced for the prominent businessman Richard Oland. 

Services will be held this Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Rothesay at noon. 

Visitation goes tomorrow and Monday from 2-4pm and from 6-8pm at Brenan's Funeral Home.