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New Brunswick Underwater

The 2018 Saint John River Flood

by (author) Lisa Hrabluk

photographs by Michael Hawkins

MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Weather, General
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    Sep 2018
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In April 2018, New Brunswick's famous Reversing Falls simply stopped reversing as the 2018 Saint John river flood caused the worst flooding on the river in more than 50 years.

At its height, more than 300,000 cubic feet per second of water raced through the Mactaquac dam just above Fredericton, 3.5 times more water than normal. When the waters finally receded two weeks later, cottages had been floated away, homes and cars were underwater, and thousands of people had been displaced, their homes destroyed.

In New Brunswick Underwater, Lisa Hrabluk uses words and images to follow volunteers, evacuees and first responders who raced the rising river to save their communities from this historic flood.

About the authors

Lisa Hrabluk is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal and has written for Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail,CBC, and Progress Magazine, He has won a National Newspaper Award, an Atlantic Journalism Award, an Ontario News Award, and a 2015 YWCA's Women of Distinction Award. She lives in Rothesay, NB with her husband and their daughter.

Lisa Hrabluk's profile page

Michael Hawkins is an award-winning photojournalist and commercial photographer whose work has appeared in publications across North America, including The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, the Hockey News and Canadian Press. He is the owner of WordPhoto Productions Inc.

Michael Hawkins' profile page

Editorial Reviews

"When the Saint John River rose in 2018, it reminded us, powerfully, of its place in New Brunswick's history. Lisa Hrabluk introduces us to the people whose attention it seized and who've been forced to reflect on how they can live in harmony with this extraordinary river in the future." — Costas Halavrezos, journalist and former CBC host of Radio Noon