Flood closes part of Trans-Canada, as record water levels continue to rise

Rising waters have closed a section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton and it could stay closed for several days.

Motorists will have to take routes through Saint John instead. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Route 1 at River Glade and eastbound traffic to Route 7 at Oromocto.

Barricades and signs are in place to guide drivers.

As the St. John River continues to rise, so do the number of road closures across the province.

More than 140 provincial roads, bridges and culverts have been affected by flooding, including 81 road closures and that number is expected to rise.

Records dating back to 1973 are falling in several areas and officials warn that with rain in the forecast, the situation is going to get even worse.

The fire chief in Oromocto says boats are being used to rescue people trapped across the rising Saint John River in Maugerville.

Jody Price says people were able to drive out of the area last week but by Wednesday that only way to get out was by boat.

Price is cautioning people that the higher the water gets, the harder it is to get to them and people who are thinking of leaving need to do so during daylight hours.

Park and Ride shuttles will continue in the city today, but won't run on the weekend.

Fredericton Transit will remain free until through Saturday.

A full list of sand bag and locations as provided by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization at 10:30 a.m. on Friday is included below: 

Sand Bags Update

(New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization)