EMO warns residents to remain on alert, despite receding floodwaters
Officials are issuing a new warning to flood-weary New Brunswickers, even as the record-breaking floodwaters that have swamped homes and submerged dozens of roads begin to retreat.
Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, says the threat is not over and it's not time for anyone to let their guard down.
He urged patience and vigilance, as the effects of the historic flood could linger for weeks and months.
Health officials say there's raw sewage and motor oil in the river, animals have likely drowned in it and there have been reports of propane tanks going down the river and discharging their contents.
The province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell says people need to avoid contact with flood waters because the waters may carry harmful bacteria like salmonella or E. Coli.
OIfficials are also warning residents about harvesting or buying fiddleheads from areas affected by the flooding and may not be safe to eat.
They say boiling would only be effective against microbial contamination, not chemical.
The Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Fredericton and Moncton...It's unclear when it will reopen, with reports of significant debris buildup along the highway.
A number of streets have re-opened in Fredericton.
The Regent St On-Ramp has been re-opened and the Westmorland St Bridge approach from Queen St / Westmorland St has been reinstated as a single lane approach. Traffic on Queen St must yield to traffic approaching on Westmorland St. The Smythe Street On-Ramp remains closed for now.
The Brunswick Street parking garage is expected to re-open today. This garage, along with the Frederick Square and East End parking garages, will be available to monthly pass holders ONLY until 10 am in the morning, and then available to the general public.
Barker's Point Elementary School, Sunbury West School, Cambridge-Narrows School, Chipman Forest Avenue School and Chipman Elementary School will be closed.