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New Brunswick flood victims move to higher ground


A flood in March forced 500 people from their homes
A flood in March forced 500 people from their homes

Staff writers

October 3, 2012 — Some residents in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick say they will use provincial funding to move to higher ground.

Government will spend up to $8 million to relocate flood-prone homes
Government will spend up to $8 million to relocate flood-prone homes

On Tuesday, the New Brunswick government announced it will spend up to eight million dollars to assist residents in the flood-prone village of Perth-Andover.

Back in March, the St. John River breached its banks forcing about 500 residents from their homes. Damage estimates from the record flood were estimated at $25 million. 

While many residents plan to stay in the community, several homeowners say they will relocate to a higher elevation. 

The province is also giving residents the option of making renovations to their homes to make them safer from floods.

Stabilizing riverbanks, building a levee and improving flood forecasting are also a priority according to provincial officials. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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