NB EMO says water levels along parts of St. John River to peak Tuesday
New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) says water levels along portions of the St. John River are expected to peak Tuesday but is encouraging residents to remain alert.
Water levels will start dropping later in the week, the organization said during a press conference on Monday afternoon.
The NB EMO says it is still monitoring the situation and say it’s not the time for people to let their guard down with the river continuing to rise in areas south of Fredericton, down to Saint John.
Several communities along the river, including Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg, Grand Lake, Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, Oak Point and Quispamsis, are currently beyond flood stage.
A full five-day forecast can be found on the New Brunswick government’s river watch website.
About 200 soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown have been dispatched to help residents.
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NB EMO says it has been assisting with filling sandbags and distributing them as well as conducting wellness checks.
“They are prepared to do more,” said EMO director Greg MacCallum.
“There have been a couple incidents of using military vehicles to rescue people in flooded areas.”
The Red Cross has also set up a reception spot at Centre Communautaire Saint-Anne in Fredericton for those who are considering leaving their home because of flooding.
The organization says it has had 198 people from 78 households register with them. Evacuees are able to stay at the reception centre but the Red Cross says all have chosen to stay with friends and family.
Officials confirmed Sunday there were some flooded basements in Fredericton, where up to 200 homes had been affected by the rising river.
Meanwhile, the rising floodwaters have forced the closure or partial closure of at least 44 roads across the province.
Heavy rain and rapid snowmelt are being blamed for the flooding, which isn’t unusual at this time of year.
With files from The Canadian Press
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