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Mild temperatures, rain elevate flood concerns in New Brunswick

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4:19 PM -

Authorities in New Brunswick have elevated flood concerns as a series of storms -- bringing the potential for rain, freezing rain and wind -- are set to hit Atlantic Canada.

"The first system is currently affecting the Maritimes and will continue throughout the day Wednesday with rain becoming heavier through Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick through Thursday before exiting the region on Friday," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

A rainfall warning has been issued for parts of New Brunswick where up to 35 mm of rain is expected through Thursday.

That prompted the government of New Brunswick to issue an ice movement and flood warning Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. local time.

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"Mild temperatures, rain and continued snow melt will lead to water levels increasing and remaining above flood stage in several areas," reads Wednesday's river watch statement.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible with the onset of more heavy rain.

The largest areas of concern are communities near the Restigouche River and the St. John River, including the city of Fredericton.

Private well owners that have been impacted by recent flooding are being asked to wait ten days after waters recede before conducting water quality tests.

Residents are being asked to direct questions and concerns to the Emergency Measures Organization at: 1-800-561-4034.

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