Water levels in New Brunswick expected to continue rising
Record-breaking floods continue to present challenges to residents in southern New Brunswick.
Officials are now warning that the rising water levels could be heavily contaminated with sewage, increasing the risk of infections, sickness and gastrointestinal illness.
Kevin Clifford, the director of Emergency Management for Saint John, says people understand the water looks different and it's certainly contaminated with a whole host of things.
Emergency officials have repeatedly urged residents in flooded areas to evacuate their homes, but many are staying put -- using sandbags and pumps to protect their properties.
The Red Cross is helping to co-ordinate evacuation efforts, while the Coast Guard has deployed boats and staff to help move people out.
Officials are telling people in at-risk areas to strongly consider evacuation before they are isolated.
About 360 households, with about 850 people, have registered with the Red Cross, but not all of them have evacuated.
The flooding is also affecting wildlife, with deer now spotted grazing in residential areas, and the four-lane Trans-Canada highway between Fredericton and Moncton remains closed due to flooding.
In the Capital Region, where water levels are over 8.1 metres, officials are hoping residents will take advantage of the free transit service or park and ride to help eae congestion in the downtown core.
A handful of schools remain closed as a result of the flooding, including Barker's Point Elementary School, Sunbury West School, Cambridge-Narrows School, Chipman Forest Avenue School and Chipman Elementary School.