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New Brunswick Premier tours flooded town of Sussex, urges residents not to let guard down

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:28 AM -

New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization has been warning residents of ice jams and flooding for days due to rain and melting snow.

Water levels continued to rise Wednesday, submerging roads, filling basements and prompting hundreds to be evacuated from their homes.

"The Gateway Mall is completely covered and the Wal-Mart parking lot behind me, still just a lake of water," said The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman who was in Sussex on Wednesday. "But it’s mainly the residential areas that are a major cause for concern with many residents still just pumping out their basements as fast as they can."

Many roads have been flooded and RCMP have been warning drivers not to attempt driving through those areas.

"It's devastating,'' said Marc Thorne, mayor of Sussex. "The Trout Creek has breached its banks at a height we haven't seen in many decades and a lot of subdivisions in town are impacted.''

New Brunswick Premier David Alward visited the community on Thursday for a first hand look at the flooding aftermath.

He says it's too early to provide damage estimate, but urges residents not to let their guard down after water levels recede.

With files from The Canadian Press

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