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New Brunswick's Perth-Andover braces for more flooding

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:18 PM -

Residents of the New Brunswick village of Perth-Andover are on alert as flood waters continue to rise.

The community sits on the upper St. John River, where an ice jam has moved from a location north of the community downstream, joining another patch of ice and raising fears of serious flooding similar to what occurred in 2012.

Village officials Sunday morning told the Canadian Press water levels have been rising slowly, and the situation would be monitored to see if a mandatory evacuation will be needed. Currently, a voluntary evacuation is in effect.

New Brunswick River Watch is warning of high water levels for the next few days, above flood stage for Fredericton and other downstream communities, worsened by ice jams at Woodstock and on the Nashwaak River.

The water levels are expected to reach flood stage Sunday in the Quispamsis and St. John areas, and they were already bad enough in the Sussex Corner area, which declared a state of emergency last week.

Ontario and Quebec have also been struggling with flooding woes. 

Flood emergencies are still in place for four Ontario municipalities, including the city of Belleville, which has been in a state of emergency for most of April so far.

Even in areas where emergencies are not in, there are still numerous flood warnings and watches across the province, with several communities seeing rising waters.

In Quebec, water levels have been receding on many rivers, although there are some exceptions.

In La Matapedia in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, around 50 homes were evacuated as a precaution due to flood fears over an ice jam on a local river. 


ON TV: We'll have regular flood updates on The Weather Network on TV.


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