Thousands face power outages, flooding as heavy rains wallop New Brunswick – New Brunswick

Nearly 10,000 people in New Brunswick were without power Saturday morning as heavy rains pummelled the province, forcing some people in the southeast part of the province to leave their homes temporarily due to risk of flooding. 

Environment Canada issued weather warnings, varying from flash freezes, to heavy rain, freezing rain and snow, for every part of the province this weekend. Some northern areas are expected to experience a mix of all four, making for a messy 48 hours.

At a media briefing Saturday afternoon, Greg MacCallum, director of New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization, said this weekend’s weather has resulted in flooding in some communities through the province, as well as infrastructure damage and an extensive list of road closures. 

Localized flooding has been primarily due to drainage problems, he said, where drains are overburdened or blocked with ice. 

In Hoyt, N.B., EMO has provided boats to the local fire department in case they need to begin evacuating homes, MacCallum said. 

The town of Sussex also advised evacuation of parts of the community Saturday morning, setting up an emergency shelter at Kingswood University. 

The evacuation order affected between 80 to 100 people living near Trout Creek, but was lifted by noon. 

Waterways at risk of flooding 

A van drives through major puddles in Fredericton on Saturday morning. New Brunswick is under weather warnings this weekend, with part of the province expecting flash freezes, heavy rain, freezing rain and-or snow. (CBC )

Currently, EMO is monitoring several rivers and waterways throughout New Brunswick that are at risk of flooding, MacCallum said. These include Trout Creek in Sussex, the southwest Miramichi River, Canaan River, Kennebecasis River, Magaguadavic watershed including Lake Utopia, and the Nashwaak River near Fredericton. 

He advised residents living near streams or rivers to be alert for ice movement as there could be the…

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