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Mixed news for N.B. flood-hit communities

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 11:58 AM -

There's good news and bad news for the New Brunswick community of Perth-Andover, on the upper St. John River, one of several communities struggling with spring flooding.

Although a voluntary evacuation order is still in place, a spokesman for the village says water levels dropped by a metre overnight.

But The province is warning of a large ice jam in the area of Saint-Anne-de-Madawaska, and a large moving mass of ice pushing through the area could push through it. And if that ice mass reaches a second ice dam below Perth-Andover, the back-up could cause flooding to reach 2012 levels in the area, although Saturday night's lower water levels may mitigate the effects.

The spring thaw and resulting flooding has caused problems across New Brunswick.

The province's Emergency Measures Organization is warning of high water levels and water-covered roads all across the province.

The St. John River in the Fredericton area is forecast to stay above flood stage for much of the weekend, and will reach that level sometime Saturday in parts of the greater Saint John area, including Quispamsis.

In Oromocto, near Fredericton, two people had to be rescued after their car was submerged in flood waters Thursday night, while Sussex Corner declared a state of emergency last week, with as much as 70 per cent of the village underwater at the worst.

On the upper Miramichi watercourse, a voluntary evacuation is in place in Doaktown, with ice jams and flooded roads widespread.

Rising water levels in Ontario, Manitoba

In Ontario, meanwhile, the city of Belleville declared a state of emergency earlier in the month, but officials say the Moira River's levels have peaked, and should subside over the coming week.

But the nearby Salmon and Trent rivers are still rising, and the communities of Tweed, Stone Mills and Centre Hastings also remain in a state of emergency.

Communities all across southern Ontario and the Nickel Belt have declared flood watches or warnings, with localized flooding and road closures widespread.

Meanwhile, the Manitoba government said precipitation forecast for the province over the weekend could affect their flood forecast, at a time when water levels are slowly rising.

The ice on the Red and Assiniboine rivers is mostly intact, but warmer temperatures in the forecast this coming week could hasten the breakup.

Presently, the Red River is expected to crest in Winnipeg between April 21 and April 24.

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