**Updated** N.B. flooding hits record levels, with more rain in the forecast
**Updated at 1:27 p.m. on May 3rd, 2018**
Floodwaters have surged past record levels in parts of New Brunswick, sending the flood-weary province into uncharted territory as forecasts indicate even more rain could be coming.
The Emergency Measures Organization says Saint John has hit water levels not seen since 1973 and will likely exceed that on Saturday, while Jemseg has surpassed historic records.
Spokesman Geoffrey Downey says the rising waters are closing roads and causing more people to evacuate in areas stretching from Fredericton south to Saint John, where the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days.
He says roughly 100 homes have been evacuated, affecting about 260 people, but that those numbers are expected to climb as the flooding continues.
In a River Watch Update issued Thursday afternoon, the emergency measures organization says anyone who has not taken the necessary precautions should act now to prepare for flooding and heed voluntary evacuation warnings from local officials.
The Transportation Department says 136 assets, including roads, bridges and ferries, have been affected by the expansive flood that has resulted in 80 complete road closures and five partial closures.
The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization says Route 2 (Trans Canada Highway) between Moncton and Fredericton will be closed to all traffic this evening as water levels continue to rise.
The closure is expected to begin around 7 p.m. and will affect both the eastbound and westbound lanes.
Motorists travelling between Moncton and Fredericton will be detoured to Route 1 through River Glade and Route 7 at Oromocto.
Those who need to travel between Moncton and Fredericton are urged to do so before the anticipated closure.
Barricades and signage will be in place to guide motorists.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure advises that Route 2 (Trans Canada Highway) between Moncton and Fredericton will be closed to all traffic this evening as water levels continue to rise.— NB-EMO / OMU-NB (@NBEMO_OMUNB) May 3, 2018
The provincial government launched the Disaster Financial Assistance program Wednesday to help businesses, municipalities and individuals who have suffered damage during the current flood.
To date, 176 NB Power customers have had their services disconnected due to flooding.
Fredericton Transit is still free for users as officials encourage people to use the service and help with traffic flow downtown.
Anglophone West Schools closed today include: Barker's Point Elementary School, Sunbury West School, Chipman Forest Avenue School and Chipman Elementary School.
See below for an updated list of sand and bag locations according to the Emergency Measures Organization.
(New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization)
~ With files from The Canadian Press and Deb Smith.