Why does it keep flooding in Saint John N.B.? I CBC Kids News

Why does it keep flooding in Saint John N.B.? I CBC Kids News


This is Kaiya Hemmings
reporting from St. John, New Brunswick
forCBC Kids News.And today we’re going to learn
all about the floods. Where the rivers gets so high
that they cover up the road, they have to put up
a sign like this. And they also put a sign up
like this because all the dirty sewage water gets
mixed up into the river water. ♪ ♪ I wanted to talk
to a few people that their lives got impacted
from last year’s flood. Do you think that it’s gonna to flood as bad as like
last year and why? I think it will because it’s
already really high. How high did the water
flow last year? About three meters
away from my stairs. Do you have any
tips for everyone, like how to prepare
their properties? They should
grab sandbags and I don’t think this year they
should be giving them back. So just be prepared
for next year. ♪ ♪ Kaiya: Two days ago,
I was here interviewing Olivia
over there. Remember? And look what happened? And all of that
was walking space. ♪ ♪ 24 hours later the fireplace
is already covered. ♪ ♪ Now flooding is a natural
thing that happens throughout Canada
in the springtime. But the last few
years the flooding has been so high in
New Brunswick, but why? ♪ ♪ St. John River in New Brunswick
is really unique. This is the Reversing Falls
Rapids right behind us. And it’s actually where this
entire river system, the second biggest watershed on the eastern
seaboard of North America, all drains through this
tiny little space. Normally rivers at their ends
like the Amazon or or the Nile they get wider and wider into
big estuaries at the bottom and estuaries just where the
river meets the sea. But at the Reversing Falls
rapids what we see is a narrowing. And when that meets the highest
tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy, it’s
a really unique place that we see nowhere else
in the world. But it also makes a lot of
challenges because every time we get a flood,
every time we get these unique spring events like
we’re seeing last year maybe this year as well, that river
can’t drain out. The tide comes up, the river backs up
into this narrow gorge. That rush of water
is too much too fast. And that’s what goes
into people’s houses and businesses
and into our communities and that’s a real
danger for everybody. So right now I’m here
with our St. John Mayor, Mayor John Darling. Kaiya: Why was this years flood
so different from all the other years? Yeah, well I think, I think what’s different, Kaiya,
this year is that we’re here two years in a row. So, you know, when you look at it it was 1973
and then it was 2008 and then it was 2018 – which were record floods – and I think it really
caught us off guard. And then just one
year later we’re back in a very similar situation,
about the same water levels. And I think it’s going to, it means that we’re going to
have to adapt and we’re gonna to have to make some serious
change for the future. Since our climate is changing the flooding levels
are less predictable to know if it’s going to be
higher or lower each year. And this creates a lot of
challenges for both people and the environment. Lisa: That is? Kaiya: A covered car. A covered car
in a driveway. Kaiya: I’m with Lisa
and Lisa is a writer and she wrote a book
about last year’s flood. One of the most interesting
things that happened with a number of volunteers
who came out to help. So I think that’s really,
really important that we come together to help. So while this started out
for me as a disaster story it ended up being
a bit of a love story. Today is the highest levels
for flooding this year. So every day after this the water’s gonna to be
starting to go down. Reporting forCBC Kids News,
I’m Kaiya Hemmings. And make sure to stay dry. ♪ ♪

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