Red Cross response to New Brunswick floods

Note: The following appeal is now closed.  You can support our ongoing work by donating to the Canadian Red Cross


Red Cross volunteers and staff remain active in several communities affected by flooding along the St. John River in New Brunswick. As of mid-May, the river was still at or bear flood level in some areas, but gradually receding.

Red Cross volunteers have been busy distributing information kits containing water testing kits, information on applying to the Government of New Brunswick’s Disaster Financial Assistance program, safety information from the New Brunswick Fire Marshall’s office, along with other tips and safety information from the Red Cross.

While most affected residents have been able to go back to their homes, the Canadian Red Cross is still providing shelter at St. Thomas University Residences to over a hundred people, mostly from communities south of Fredericton. The Red Cross is also assisting residents for whom health and building inspections have determined their homes are not safely habitable.

Dozens of volunteers are still deployed in areas most affected by flooding.  At the height of the flooding, which was the worst in a generation along some stretches of the river, well over 100 Canadian Red Cross staff and volunteers from across Atlantic Canada were directly involved in our response.

Financial support is needed to offset the cost of immediate disaster services by the Red Cross, and our continued support as individuals and families begin the difficult task of recovering from the 2008 floods. Canadians are encouraged to contribute by donating online, calling 1-800-418-1111 or contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques payable to the Canadian Red Cross and earmarked "Flood Appeal 2008" can be mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 400 Cooper Street, Suite 8000, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2H8.