Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Friday asked all Canadians who are residing in flood-affected areas to stay safe and follow the protocol and advice of the concerned local officials.
“To everyone affected by heavy rain & flooding this weekend, please stay safe and follow the advice of your local officials. Thank you to the first responders who are working hard to keep people safe in these tough conditions. We’re ready to provide support where it’s needed,” he tweeted.
The communities facing the biggest flooding threat include Fredericton, Saint John, Edmundston, Maugerville, Jemseg and Grand Lake.
“Water levels are forecast to increase in the days ahead,” said EMO director Greg MacCallum.
“People in these areas who have experienced flooding in the past should expect to experience similar or worse conditions and are advised to know the risks, take preventative measures and to consider voluntary evacuation if necessary.”
Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for northern and western New Brunswick, where the ground remains frozen and won’t absorb much rainfall.
The rain is expected to continue throughout the weekend as a series of low-pressure systems moves through the region. Total rainfall is expected to reach between 50 and 80 millimetres, with the possibility of more than 100 mm over portions of the northwestern New Brunswick.