Precautionary measures taken in N.B. after 'unexpected discharge' of sewage in Maine

The provincial government says an "unexpected discharge" of sewage into the Fish River in Fort Kent, Maine could have a short-term impact on the Saint John River.

The Department of Health was notified on Tuesday about the incident following thunderstorms.

Dr. Mariane Paquet, medical officer of health for the North Region, says regional officials conducted a risk assessment to determine which immediate areas were potentially impacted within New Brunswick.

The assessment determined the risk associated with the sewage discharge is low in areas south of Edmundston.

In the meantime, signs have been posted at the beach in Saint-Hilaire, residents in the Village of Baker Brook are being warned about their drinking water, and water samples are being taken at both locations.