Hartland’s town council wants to start talks with the provincial government over flood mitigation plans after watching the destruction caused in Perth-Andover by the March flood.
Hartland Mayor Craig Melanson said there are concerns mounting in his western New Brunswick town that sediment is washing away from an island in the St. John River and that could lead to water backing up into the municipality.
He said some of the options that could be considered to fight future floods in Hartland, include a levee, dredging the river or various icebreaking techniques.
Hartland is roughly 60 kilometres south of Perth-Andover. In March, a massive flood caused Perth-Andover to ask about one-third of its 1,770 residents to leave the flood zone. The flood level was roughly 1.5 metres higher than the last major flood in 1987.
Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch announced an $8-million plan in October to relocate or flood-proof low-lying homes in Perth-Andover that were hit by the March flood.
While the flooding was not as intense in other communities along the St. John River, Hartland did not escape completely during the March flood.
A dozen roads near the St. John River were closed because of flooding, including in Hartland.
The western town has been forced to cope with other floods in the past.
In April 2009, an ice jam caused water to back up into basements of a number of homes along Hartland’s Main Street.