A river runs through it

I recent completed a small research project that looked at how ‘safe’ Atlantic Canada was from the perspective of a data centre. I looked at things like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural and potentially man made disasters.

Overall, this is a pretty benign region for such things. We get long, cold winters but relatively few power outages. We get very few ‘acts of God’ type disasters.

But Fredericton does once in a while have some serious flooding. They said on the news the worst since 1973.

This has limited implications for economic development – just don’t put your data centre or anything else close to the river – but it is a reminder that even in little old NB – we can get hammered by Mother Nature. Good luck in Freddy Beach. Remember that the river does you far more good than harm.

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0 Responses to A river runs through it

  1. Anonymous says:

    Knowledge Park is at the top of the hill, well away from the water.

    I’m actually downtown right now (working for an IT company) and the biggest problem isn’t the water, it’s the threat of a power outage. The underground power lines could short out at any moment.

  2. Anonymous says:


    May be you want to include this as an example of attracting large outfits using incentives.