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New Brunswick will study floods in Perth-Andover


Last month's flood forced 500 residents from their homes
Last month's flood forced 500 residents from their homes

Staff writers

April 25, 2012 — Provincial and federal officials are studying what can be done to prevent future floods in Perth-Andover.

Government officials will study what can be done to prevent future floods
Government officials will study what can be done to prevent future floods

It's been a month since a sudden and devastating flood hit Perth-Andover, New Brunswick.

The St. John River breached its banks forcing about 500 residents from their homes. Residents in the area said it all happened so quickly and they tried to grab whatever belongings they could.

Damage estimates from the record flood last month were estimated at $25 million.

As the area continues to recover, the provincial government has announced plans to study what can be done to prevent future floods in these vulnerable areas.

Environment Minister Bruce Fitch says a new working group will study the options available for the flood-prone community.

Some of the options include reducing the risk of ice-jams and building structures that would reduce the chances of flooding.

The last major flood that hit Perth-Andover was back in 1987.

With files from The Canadian Press

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