St. John River water levels are rising “faster than normal” around Fredericton, pushing the river past the flood stage in the New Brunswick capital. In the next 48 hours the river is set to hit 8.3 metres in Fredericton, the level it reached in 2008, the last major flood.
Rising water levels have already flooded some parking lots and parking garages in the city’s downtown. Several streets are flooded and several closed. City crews who placed barricades early this morning have had to relocate them due to rising water. Ramps to the Westmoreland Street Bridge, the main entrance point to downtown Fredericton are flooding causing major traffic issues for commuters.
The capital area isn’t the only region of the province bracing for flooding. Several other communities in the south of province are flooding including Maugerville, Jemseg, the Nashwaak River, Grand Lake, Sheffield/Lakeville Corner, Oak Point and Quispamsis/Saint John.
To keep up-to-date on flood conditions, follow this link.
Here is a video we shot yesterday afternoon (April 26) as the water was rising.
Here are some photos shot at the same time.
Click on a thumbnail to see more photos.
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