Rain could bring floodwaters back up in New Brunswick

Up to 25 millimetres of rain is expected in southern parts of New Brunswick today, which could cause waters that have receded in some communities along the St. John River to rise again or stabilize in the coming days.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most of the province. 

New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization spokesperson Geoffrey Downey said Fredericton water levels were at 7.25 metres this morning.

Downey said EMO is watching closely to see how today’s rain affects the river.

“It started raining yesterday and they were expecting up to 45 millimetres in some parts of the province. The latest forecasts though is calling for relatively stable [levels], where it actually had been dropping for the last 24 hours or so.”

Downey said levels have even dropped overnight in Saint John to below 5.5 metres.

This is how the 2019 New Brunswick flood looks on Thursday along the St. John River basin. 1:00

Winds of up to 60 km/h were in the forecast for some parts of the province and could cause more damage, even if water levels are receding or stabilizing, Downey said.

“Last year we certainly ran into issues where people who didn’t have water in their homes did after waves picked up and started smashing windows and things like that.”

Crews and members of the Canadian Forces are still out assisting residents with sandbags and evacuations. Downey said about 400 soldiers are currently deployed across New Brunswick.

Watch this explainer on how a New Brunswick spring flood typically begins:

How high will the St. John River rise this spring, and does the Mactaquac Dam have anything to do with it? A New Brunswick flood, explained. 1:26



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