Emergency measures organizations in the Maritimes have been preparing for Hurricane Dorian which is approaching southwestern Nova Scotia with maximum winds of 148 km/h (as of 12pm ADT).
The Canadian Hurricane Centre expects Dorian will make landfall near Halifax on Saturday evening as a Category 1 hurricane.
Residents who live along the Atlantic coast, such as Peggys Cove for example, are being urged to evacuate and move inland.
Long lines were reported at stores and gas stations on Friday as residents scrambled to stock up on food and other supplies.
Hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings have been issued for all of Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island and southeast New Brunswick.
Strong winds gusting up to 120 km/h are in the forecast, rainfall amounts could exceed 100 mm and large waves and storm surges are likely along coastlines.
As of 2pm ADT, about 75,000 customers were without electricity in Nova Scotia with some trees toppled over along the province’s south shore.
Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick (warnings as of 2pm ADT)
- Tropical Storm Warning – heavy rain, strong winds, storm surges along the coast
- Wind Warning – gusts up to 90 km/h which could cause damage, uproot trees
- Rainfall Warning – 50 to 100 mm rain (a month’s worth) could cause flooding
Flooding in Fredericton, 24 Apr 2019 (GNB/Yerxa)
The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization says water levels continue to recede and are now below flood stage along most of the St. John River system.
Several roads remain closed and drivers are told to respect any barricades.
The provincial government has launched a disaster assistance program to help residents, businesses and municipalities deal with property damage from flooding.
Health officials are warning about harvesting wild, edible plants like fiddleheads near flooded waterways which may have been exposed to contaminants.
(Top) Swollen St. John River, 02 May 2018,(Bottom) A more typical flow, 12 May 2016 (NASA Earth Observatory)
Water levels have dropped below flood stage in most areas of the St. John River in what has become the worst flooding event ever recorded in New Brunswick.
The Emergency Measures Organization says only in the Jemseg area will levels be just above flood stage.
The Trans Canada Highway between River Glade and Oromocto finally reopened Friday after being shut down for a week but dozens of roads remain closed due to flooding.
The Canadian Armed Forces has deployed 60 members to assist the provincial government with flood cleanup.
Almost 1,700 residents have registered with the Red Cross as evacuees and many who have returned home are finding heavy water damage to homes and cottages.
Floodwaters from St. John River lapping at the Trans Canada Highway near Jemseg, NB, 03 May 2018 (Hay/Facebook)
Floodwaters covering the road near Jemseg have forced the closure of the Trans Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton.
The Emergency Management Organization says the road could be closed for several days until water levels recede.
A long detour forces travellers to go through Saint John via Routes 1 and 7.
EMO says the water continues to rise along the southern St. John River and may exceed levels last seen during the historic 1973 flood.
Areas of Saint John under voluntary evacuation, 01 May 2018 (City of Saint John)
Flooding continues in Fredericton where water levels have increased again to a point where the benchmark of 2008 was reached.
New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization is warning levels are rising along the southern region of the St. John River basin.
Residents from Jemseg and Gagetown to Quispamsis and Saint John are being told to be on high alert and expect flooding if it has occurred in the past.
Several neighbourhoods of Saint John are under a voluntary evacuation (see map above) due to flooding, road closures and rising waters along the river.
Flooding along the St. John River in Fredericton, 28 April 2018 (Coleman/Twitter/Weather Network)
Recent heavy rains and melting snow have caused flooding along the St. John River Valley especially in Fredericton.
Streets and parking lots in the downtown core have been left underwater.
Emergency Management Organization officials say the river was 1.7 metres above flood stage in Fredericton by late Saturday – a level not seen since the major flood of 2008.
Communities further downstream have also been flooded including Maugerville and Jemseg with some roads impassable due to high water levels.
Flooding along the St. John River, Fredericton, NB, 07 May 2017 (Instagram)
Much of New Brunswick was spared the worst of a low pressure system which delivered heavy rain and created flooding over the weekend especially along the St. John River.
Environment Canada says the extreme southern half of the province had the most rain with more than 100 mm in some areas and unofficially almost 180 mm (about two months worth) fell in Mechanic Settlement, near Fundy National Park.
Moncton got off relatively easy with 40 mm of rain while Saint John had 70 mm and Fredericton reported 80 mm.
The Emergency Measures Organization says water levels should remain high but steady for the rest of this week with more rain on the way.