**Updated** Residents along southern regions of the Saint John River basin told be on `high alert'

**Updated at 2:07 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018**

Emergency officials in New Brunswick are warning residents along southern regions of the Saint John River basin to be on "high alert" as water levels are expected to increase in several areas.
   
They say residents who have experienced flooding in the past should expect to experience "similar or worse conditions over the next few days."

During a River Watch statement at 12 p.m. Wednesday, the province's emergency measures ogranization said residents in the communities of Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Belleisle, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis, Oak Bay and Saint John, as well as smaller communities in these respective regions, should be on high alert.
   
EMO says water levels in the Fredericton region are forecast to remain at their current elevated levels.
   
However, the organization says those levels are expected to continue over the coming days without significant signs of receding.

The current level as of 8 a.m. Wednesday was 8.215 metres. 

Barricades are up at the off ramp to Lower St. Mary's on the Princess Margaret Bridge, which means access to Lower St. Mary's (Riverside Drive) is closed due to flooding in that area.

Motorists will have to take the ramp off the bridge to Barker's Point.

Increased flooding has prompted the Saint John EMO to issue a voluntary evacuation notice for some residents.

About 19-hundred people are affected by the recommended evacuation, which was issued last night, days before the river is expected to surpass record levels.

NB Power tells CTV Atlantic's Mike Cameron that 229 homes have been disconnected so far due to flooding, 

More rain is on the way for New Brunswick as well...

Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement for Oromocto and Sunbury County,  Grand Lake and Queens County, Stanley - Doaktown - Blackville area.

Rain and thundershowers starting tonight, could bring 10 to 20 mm by morning.

The following is a list of sand piles as identified by the Emergency Measures Organization for use by the public:

  • Burton Courthouse, Oromocto (Bags provided)
  • Depot on Regent Street, Fredericton (Bags not provided)
  • Fowler Road Dome, Waterborough (Bags provided)
  • Lakeville Corner Depot, Lakeville Corner (Bags provided)
  • Gagetown, 62 Front Street (Bags provided)
  • Cover Bridge Rusigonish (Bags provided)
  • Quispamsis 18 Municipal Drive behind the Fire Hall (Bags provided)
  • The City of Saint John has also made sand bags available on a first-come, first-served basis at the municipal depots at 14 McIntosh Street – North and 406 Bay Street – West.

Please see below for a list of road closures as per the City of Fredericton website: 

  • Lincoln Rd at City Limits (Baker Brook)
  • Carleton St. @ Queen St.
  • Water over road- Winslow
  • Water over road- Alexandra St
  • Water over road sign- University Ave
  • Shore Street
  • Riverside Dr. @ Gibson St.
  • Riverside Dr. @ Rte 8
  • Sunbury Dr.
  • Carleton St.
  • Brunswick St.
  • Burpee St.
  • Cityview Ave.
  • Morrell Park
  • Riverside Dr.
  • River St. under walking bridge
  • Devonshire Dr.
  • Union St.@ Gibson St.
  • Saint Anne Point Drive
  • Wilsey Rd at Kimble Dr
  • Vanier Hwy at Slip Lane to Lincoln
  • Forest Hill, Slip Lane to Lincoln
  • Waterloo Overpass
  • Lincoln Rd @ Waterloo Row
  • University Ave @ George Street
  • Church Street
  • King @ Saint John
  • Lincoln Rd @ the Experimental Farm
  • York St @ Queen St
  • Union St off Ramp
  • Main St off Ramp
  • Smythe St Off Ramp
  • Burpee @ Floral
  • Burpee @ Hildebrand
  • Lincoln Rd @ Vanier Industrial
  • University Ave @ Charlotte
  • Burpee @ Floral
  • Burpee @ Hildebrand

The following roads are closed in the Town of Hampton due to flooding:

  • Lower Norton Shore Road near the Town limits and out towards Kingston, Main Street from Cemetery Road to Railway Crescent and Cemetery Road from Main Street to Langstroth Terrace. Use Kennebecasis River Road.
  • Hampton residents are also asked to stay off the Trail System due to flooding.