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Water levels drop in New Brunswick

Localized flooding reported in Fredericton
Localized flooding reported in Fredericton

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

May 12, 2011 — Recent heavy rain in the forecast has kept flood watchers in the Maritimes on high alert.

Rain totals from this recent storm
Rain totals from this recent storm

Heavy rain that has been soaking parts of the Maritimes this week has residents in flood prone areas on alert.

The Saint John River exceeded the flood stage and spilled its banks late last week. Officials say the flooding was localized and minor in nature. After stabilizing over the weekend, and despite this week's rain, water levels have gone down in most places.

“Until we get down to seasonal lows here in the river we are not out of the woods yet,“ says Karl Wilmot with New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization. “The situation is that if we got a torrential rain storm and it parked on us like it did back in 2008 we could be right back into another mess there is no doubt about that.”

A low pressure system that moved into the area early this week stalled over the region until Thursday afternoon drenching several communities.

Officials expect water levels to remain steady or decrease slightly over the next couple of days. Still, residents in high-risk flood areas should ensure their properties are protected.

The Canadian Red Cross is currently accepting donations for flood victims in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec. You can help out by visiting or calling 1-800-418-1111

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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