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Heavy rain causes 16 residents of Sussex, N.B. to evacuate after flooding

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Canadian Red Cross says it assisted 16 people in evacuating after heavy rainfall caused flooding in the area of Sussex, N.B., on Tuesday night.

The rain caused a rise in water levels on the Kennebecasis River and Trout Brook.

“At the request of town officials, Canadian Red Cross volunteers arranged emergency lodging for 16 residents from 11 houses,” the Red Cross said in a release.

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Emergency Measures spokesman Geoffrey Downey says a few homes had to be evacuated by boat.

The same areas suffered significant flooding in January 2019. Downey says one subdivision in Sussex Corner, that is susceptible to flooding, had flooding in areas that had not flooded before.

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According to Saint John police, that area of the city also experienced some flooding. Police advised avoiding the area early Wednesday.

Environment Canada advised New Brunswickers on Monday that heavy rain would come to the region. Overnight, south and central New Brunswick saw up to 120 millimetres of rain.

Read more: Heavy rain to hit majority of New Brunswick: Environment Canada

— With files from The Canadian Press.

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