Water levels in the St. John River have been falling over the last three days according to recent data from New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO) as part of its River Watch 2018 program, leaving the province to deal with the flood’s aftermath.
“A great number of New Brunswickers have been displaced for a long time and it is understandable they want to get home,” said NBEMO director, Greg MacCallum. “But simply because the river is lower does not mean it is safe to return home.”
Yesterday, water levels remain high in several areas, while the current in the St. John River remained strong and carrying debris. The floodwaters are likely contaminated with sewage and pose health risks.
Many provincial and municipal roads have been covered by a significant amount of water for more than a week. Although some of those roads may now be dry, NBEMO is warning residents to be wary of the roads’ safety. Municipal and provincial officials will be inspecting closed roads, culverts, and bridges before they are reopened to determine if remedial work is necessary to make them safe for motorists.
“Evacuees are tired and want to return to their normal routine, and everyone is working hard to make it happen, but rushing back home has the potential to make a bad situation worse,” said MacCallum.
According to River Watch 2018’s last report, forecast flows in the St. John River network falling by nearly half their volume as of Sunday, May 13th. Follow this link for the complete river forecast.