New Brunswick residents anxiously brace for more flooding
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:29 PM -
Some New Brunswick communities are still cleaning up after flooding earlier in the week, while others are nervously watching water levels.
In the northwestern village of Perth-Andover, municipal officials warn flooding is possible by early Saturday morning.
Other communities, including Sussex, are still cleaning up after the Kennebecasis River reached heights some people said they'd never seen.
Village official Justine Waldeck says in an interview with The Canadian Press, the breakup of ice along the St. John River and at the dam at Grand Falls is a cause for concern.
Water levels are expected to rise which may make the road to the mainland impassable as early as tonight. #Riverwatch— NB-EMO / OMU-NB (@NBEMO_OMUNB) April 18, 2014
A spokesman for the Department of Public Safety said the province's rivers are too unpredictable for residents to let their guard down.
Officials say water levels are expected to rise in the coming days in communities near Fredericton, including Jemseg and Maugerville.
Ice jams cause concern
Ice jams continue to form as conditions are conducive to ice break up and movement.
Currently ice jams are located at:
- Middle River, near Bathurst
- Southwest Miramichi, at the Rural Community of Miramichi and the Village of Doaktown
- Main Southwest Miramichi, at Upper Blackville
- Nashwaak River, at MacLaggan's Bridge, Durham Bridge and Marysville Bridge
- Tobique River, from Arthurette to Plaster Rock
- St. John River, at St. Anne-de-Madawaska, Muniac, between Hartland and Woodstock, and Bulls Creek.
For more information on New Brunswick's flood watch, click here.
With files from The Canadian Press