Rising flood waters in N.B. bring increasing health and safety concerns

Water levels are expected to continue rising in southern New Brunswick over the next few days -- and with them, concerns about health and safety.

Emergency officials say it will be late in the week before floodwaters finally begin to recede.

They're also warning people about potential contamination from sewage systems that have been compromised by flooding.

The provincial Emergency Measures Organization has issued warnings for people who have private wells that may have been affected, saying they shouldn't be used until they can be disinfected and tested.
The EMO says people need to be mindful of the health risks posed by sewage contamination.

Emergency officials have repeatedly urged residents in flooded areas to evacuate their homes, but many are staying put, using sandbags and pumps to protect their properties.

The Red Cross is helping to co-ordinate evacuation efforts, while the Coast Guard has deployed boats and staff to help move people out.