Sunday, May 5th 2019, 1:28 pm - Saint John joins Fredericton, Maugerville and Oak Point as floodwaters recede
Saint John joined Fredericton, Maugerville and Oak Point as water levels dipped below flood stage for the first time in almost two weeks.
Jemseg, Grand Lake and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner are all still above flood stage. According to the most recent provincial five-day forecast, Jemseg is expected to be the only community still above by May 10.
Grand Lake is expected to drop below tomorrow with the level forecast at 4.9 metres.
EMO spokesperson Shawn Berry said river levels are expected to be below flood stage in most places by the end of the week.
A snapshot of flood damage in the Grand Lake region on Wednesday. (Shane Fowler/CBC)
"New Brunswickers returning to damaged properties should be aware of some of the threats they may face," Berry said. "That could include mould, contaminated household items, as well as debris that may have been carried by floodwaters."
Berry encourages residents to register damage by calling 1-888-298-8555 or by going to www.snb.ca/emo.
Registering damage gives home and business owners access to a health and safety inspection, which determine if a building is safe to reoccupy. Those who register will also be sent a disaster financial assistance application form.
Floodwaters are receding, but there's a lot of work to be done, say emergency officials. (Shane Fowler/CBC)
Berry said inspection teams are deployed across the province today in Maugerville, Fredericton, Oromocto, Hampton, Quispamsis, Rothesay and Grand Bay-Westfield.
People who are unsure if they can return to their homes should contact their local fire departments, Berry said.
Many roads are still closed across the province due to flooding.
Highways 105, 102 and 690 are still closed in sections, closures which have been in place for about two weeks.
Travellers are also recommended to check the provincial travel advisory website before hitting the road.
This story was originally published on CBC.ca.