Ongoing significant flooding in New Brunswick, reportedly among the most severe in the province's history, has prompted the evacuation of hundreds of residents and caused transportation disruptions in several areas, notably including the southern areas of the province. Residents from Fredericton to Saint John have been ordered to evacuate due to the rising floodwaters from the swollen Saint John River. Flooding also closed part of the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton on the night of Thursday, May 3 (local time). The segment is closed as of Friday, May 4, and is expected to remain closed in the coming days as floodwaters are forecast to rise in southern New Brunswick.
The Canadian Coast Guard has been called in to assist with recovery efforts. Additional evacuations and flood-related transportation disruptions are expected in affected areas of New Brunswick in the coming days.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, prepare for associated transportation disruptions, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders). Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded