Flood waters expected to rise in parts of southern New Brunswick

Parts of southern New Brunswick are already covered with water, but emergency officials are warning the worst could be yet to come.

Greg MacCallum, director of the province's Emergency Measures Organization, has urged people in at-risk areas to evacuate their homes as water levels are expected to rise over the weekend.

The Saint John River hit 5.43 metres above sea level in Saint John on Friday, and EMO said it would likely exceed that on Monday when forecasts say it could reach 5.9 metres, 1.7 metres above flood stage.

By Friday afternoon, the entire ground floor of the Saint John Marina, about 5,000 square feet, was already covered in water.

The Canadian Red Cross says 309 households, or 747 people, have registered to say they have evacuated from their homes.

Meanwhile, the City of Saint John says its anticipated a portion of the Westfield Road will be closed sometime Saturday, which means that residents in this area, between the Gault Road and Mellinger Crescent, will be isolated as the water levels rise. 

The city says this road closure will isolate up to 800 households as barricades will be put into place and traffic will not be permitted to enter or leave the area. 

Elsewhere, Emergency Measures officials in Fredericton said Friday it appeared the flood waters on the Saint John River have crested, but warned they will remain high into next week.

~ With files from The Canadian Press.