New Brunswick flooding: Three areas to watch
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:50 PM -
New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization has been warning residents of ice jams and flooding for days due to rain and melting snow. Water levels continued to rise Wednesday, submerging roads, filling basements and prompting hundreds to be evacuated from their homes.
Here are three areas to watch.
"Perth-Andover reached flood stage overnight and levels are fluctuating at or near flood stage today," New Brunswick officials announced Thursday.
On Wednesday, Horizon Health Network moved all 23 patients from Hotel Dieu of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Perth-Andover, under the recommendation of city officials.
Patients were transferred to the Upper River Valley Hospital or sent home, depending on their condition, the CBC reported.
The mayor of the village has called for a voluntary evacuation of the community's 1800 residents, citing concerns over the rising St. John River.
Flood levels in the Fredericton area reached 6.9 metres above sea level on Wednesday. That rose to 7.3 metres on Thursday, but officials are expecting the water to recede through Thursday.
Meanwhile, homes are roadways in low-lying areas are at risk.
To make matters worse, Fredericton Police received numerous calls relating to car accidents following a mix of wet snow and rain that entered the region earlier this week.
"With the unfavourable weather ... which creates freezing conditions, we are asking motorists to slow down, and take their time getting to their destination," the police department said in a statement.
3. SOUTHERN MIRAMICHI
Southwest Miramichi in Doaktown has seen ice jam flooding -- prompting officials to issue a voluntary evacuation.
Meanwhile, Route 8 at McCarty's Flat is flooded in the community of Upper Miramichi, triggering an evacuation of residents along Priceville Road.
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