More rain spells more trouble for New Brunswick's flood prone areas
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:40 AM -
Rain, heavy at times, is expected to continue across Atlantic Canada Thursday as a stationary low remains parked over the region.
Widespread rainfall warnings have been issued with an additional 15-25 mm expected to fall through Friday.
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Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible as the frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall. Residents are being urged to look out for washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts and to avoid driving through water on roads.
"There are 76 road closures across the province, we're experiencing more rain now and water levels are high," said The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman from Rothesay, N.B. on Thursday. "So if you're out there driving, you may want to plan ahead for a detour because there are washed out roads and even a sinkhole on Route 114."
Officials say even shallow fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle or a person away.
"NB EMO is warning everyone in New Brunswick that water levels are too high and unpredictable," Coleman adds. "Several rivers are already above the flood stage and they're expected to reach flood stage on the Saint John River in Fredericton by Friday. You want to stay away from the banks of the rivers because they're flowing quick and you don't want to get stuck in it."
The beach is closed. pic.twitter.com/mlCSD7p7NI— Nathan Coleman (@NateTWN) April 23, 2014
A submerged flagpole on the Kennebecasis River. It's right in front if a wharf-also underwater.. pic.twitter.com/qcN8v0TF5v— Nathan Coleman (@NateTWN) April 23, 2014
According to New Brunswick's transportation minister, the flooding has already caused millions of dollars in damage. Claude Williams says it could take weeks to repair damaged roads and bridges and that the province will be applying for federal aid.
The rain has changed over to snow over northwestern regions of New Brunswick, resulting in reduced visibilities Thursday morning.
"A similar trend is expected in the northeast by afternoon," EC says. "10-15 cm of melting wet snow is expected to fall before tapering to flurries."