FREDERICTON – An official with the Canadian Red Cross in New Brunswick says having a stockpile of emergency supplies was important in the response to flooding in Perth-Andover in March.

Bill Lawlor, the director of disaster management, says volunteers were on scene within a few hours with cots, blankets, comfort kits and flood cleanup kits ready to be distributed.

More than five hundred residents had to be evacuated from low-lying areas when ice jams forced the St. John and Tobique rivers to spill their banks on March 23.

Lawlor says may people were shocked at the record levels that the water reached, even those who had experienced flooding before.

He says fundraising efforts raised more than $230,000 in cash and other goods.

Only three per cent of that went to cover administrative costs.

Lawlor says there is still one person in a hotel, but they will be going home soon.