River Watch: Southern regions should prepare for major flooding

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) says southern regions of the St. John River basin should be on high alert, as water levels are forecast to increase in several areas.

In an update Tuesday, water levels in some areas are expected to exceed 2008 levels, and the number of road closures is expected to increase.

EMO says residents who have experienced flooding in the past should expect to experience similar or worse conditions over the next few days.

That includes the communities of Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Belleisle, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis and Saint John, as well as in smaller communities in those regions.

In the Fredericton area, water levels are forecast to remain at their current levels, but the elevated levels are expected to continue over the coming days without significant signs of receding.

NB Power says, to date, 104 customers have had their services disconnected due to flooding, most of them in the Fredericton region.

There is still snow in northern regions, which will contribute to sustained flows as it melts.

Other watercourses at risk include the Nashwaak River, Salmon River, Middle River in Bathurst, Tetagouche River, and Nerepis River.