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New Brunswick

Water Levels on Saint John River Surpass 45 Year…

Parts of New Brunswick have been inundated with flooding after heavy rainfall, warm temperatures and ice jams lead to rapidly rising water levels. 

Heavy rainfall and embedded thunderstorms have further exacerbated flooding conditions in parts of New Brunswick. 

“Ahmed Dassouki, operations director with New Brunswick Transportation and Infrastructure, said there are 50 roads affected by the flooding. One of the worst is Route 105 in the Maugerville and Jemseg area.” – CBC.ca

This number has been increasing throughout the last several days, with the closure of numerous roads and bridges. Including a portion of the TransCanada Highway.

Fredericton has been hit especially hard – with current water levels on the Saint John River surpassing super-flood levels seen in 1973. Several roads and properties are experiencing flooding. Basement flooding has also been reported in the city. 

The Saint John River – stretching from Maine, USA to the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. Retrieved from Wikimedia.org

The New Brunswick Emergency Management Organization expects water levels on the Saint John River to continue to rise this coming weekend.

With warm weather continuing, additional rainfall in the forecast, and snowmelt run-off draining into the Saint John River (from Northwestern New Brunswick), communities along the river and its tributaries should pay close attention to rapidly rising water levels. Tributaries include the Tobique River, Jemseg River, Belleisle Bay, Kennebecasis River, Allagash River, Aroostook River, and the Nerepis River.

Mark Belliveau, Red Cross’s deputy director of disaster management for Atlantic Canada, said 13 residences have been evacuated in the province so far and fears that number could increase. If anyone is displaced due to flooding, and do not have the means to find accommodation contact 1-800-863-6582 for help.

IBC Atlantic recommends turning off power in areas of your home impacted by flooding. The best way to accomplish this would be to kill the affected areas directly at the breaker.