New Brunswick spring flood efforts beginning to move from response to recovery

The director of New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization says the response to this year's spring flooding is slowly transforming into a recovery operation.

Greg MacCallum says water levels along most of the Saint John River are making a slow but steady decline.

However, he says areas between Jemseg and Saint John, along the river's southern reaches, are expected to remain at or above flood stage until Saturday.

The Transportation Department reports 82 roads remain closed, but many of them are expected to reopen in the next few days.

The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Oromocto and Riverglade, but local residents in Gagetown and Petitcodiac are being allowed to use the highway to get to their homes.

A spokesman says the entire highway could be reopened this week.