St. John River remains above flood stage


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.


Military helps in Quebec flood effort

Flooding in Gatineau, Quebec, 06 May 2017 (Instagram)

Days of rainy weather in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario have taken a toll on the region and Canadian soldiers have been asked to help.

High water levels have threatened hundreds of homes and at least 700 residents have been evacuated.

Ile-Bizard, west of Montreal, has been especially hard hit with sand bags helping to keep back rising water in some areas.

In New Brunswick, a low pressure system could bring 50-100 mm of rain to western areas of the province where rivers are already full of water this weekend.

Heavy rain hits SW Ontario


Flooding in Windsor, ON, 29 Sept 2016 (Windsor Star/Twitter)

Upwards of two months worth of rain has fallen in just a few days in a corner of Southwestern Ontario which includes Windsor and Tecumseh.

The normal September rainfall in the region is just under 100 mm with as much as 195 mm falling in some areas this week prompting a state of emergency.

Environment Canada says a strong and slow moving low pressure system brought heavy rain which led to flooding.

More than 1,500 Windsor residents reported basement flooding and many streets were inundated with water leaving vehicles stuck.

Severe flooding in Western Europe


Seine River overflows in Paris, France, 02 June 2016 (Getty Images)

Water levels on the Seine River in Paris are decreasing after peaking earlier today at more than five metres above normal – a 35-year high.

However, French officials say it could be days before the Seine returns to normal.

Curators at the Louvre were scrambling to move tens of thousands of artworks from basement storage to safer areas upstairs.

Days of rain have soaked Western Europe and at least 16 people have been killed by flooding in parts of France, Germany, Romania and Belgium.

Historic covered bridge swept away

Cherryvale Bridge, before and after (GNB)

Cherryvale Bridge, before and after (GNB)

Covered bridges have been a storied part of New Brunswick’s history but one was lost on Wednesday.

The power of an ice jam and raging flood waters on the Canaan River swept away the Cherryvale Bridge – an 87-year-old covered crossing.

It is not yet clear when a new bridge will be built or if the provincial Department of Transportation will replace it with another covered bridge.

Ice-clogged river causes flooding

Nashwaak River in Stanley, NB, 15 March 2013

Nashwaak River in Stanley, NB, 15 March 2013 (TWN)

The Nashwaak River is jammed with ice which has caused flooding in the community of Stanley, about 40 km north of Fredericton in central New Brunswick.

Homes, businesses and even the fire hall in the village of about 500 have been flooded although waters are now receeding.

At the peak of the flood, about one metre of water had covered the main road and the village centre.

American Southeast Soaker!

Pensacola, Florida, USA, 09 June 2012 (AP Photo)

This may be hurricane season but it wasn’t a hurricane that dumped more than 300 mm of rain to parts of the American Southeast over the weekend.

Flood warnings stretched along the U.S. Gulf Coast from Florida to Mississippi on Monday after heavy rain damaged homes, blacked out a jail and spun off at least one tornado in Alabama.

The U.S. Weather Service says Pensacola, Florida was one of the hardest hit areas with 380 mm (15 inches) of rain reported by Monday.