New Brunswick

Perth-Andover still waiting for help with flood-damage plans

The Village of Perth-Andover has a plan to help with flooding problems that occur when the St. John River overflows.

$50 million from provincial government needed for infrastructure changes, mayor says

In 2012, flooding devastated Perth-Andover, including its hospital, seen in this photo. (Government of New Brunswick)

The Village of Perth-Andover has a plan to help with its flooding problems when the St. John River overflows.

The hope is to have infrastructure changes and help for businesses in the flood zone in place by the spring of 2018.
But the provincial government says it still needs to secure funding for the $50-million plan, said Perth-Andover mayor Marianne Bell.

Representatives with the province recently met with Bell about the plan, she said.

"I would say that we feel hopeful. Our council and community feels hopeful, but I wouldn't say that we feel confident, yet, because it has been a little bit more than five years now and we have heard a few promises before," said Bell on CBC's Information Morning Fredericton.

Perth-Andover Mayor Marianne Bell said the community has plans for infrastructure changes and moving businesses in the flood zone, but it is waiting on the province for funding. (CBC)

Bell recalled the devastating 2012 flood that hit the community.

"It was amazing. All over the village we were stuck in our homes. We couldn't...go anywhere in town because everything was under water," she said.

"Three feet more water than we have ever had before."

Bell added that the plan doesn't include a new bridge, which she says is needed.

The province did provide some funding for an engineering study to help determine where new roads would be located and where businesses could move to stay dry.

The plan also involves moving Highway 105 away from the St. John River near the Trans-Canada trail and on higher ground. 

When the river overflows, it floods the road and nearby businesses, Bell explained.

And, given the tendency of the river to flood, this spring, as in previous years, the community is watching it "like hawks," she said.

"March and April, we are nervous the whole time."

Information Morning Fredericton