Thousands without power, homes evacuated as heavy rains wallop New Brunswick – New Brunswick

Nearly 10,000 people in New Brunswick were without power Saturday morning as heavy rains pummelled the province, forcing some people in the southwest part of the province to leave their homes due to risk of flooding. 

The town of Sussex advised evacuation of parts of the community Saturday morning, setting up an emergency shelter at Kingswood University. 

The evacuation order affected between 80 to 100 people living near Trout Creek, according to Robert Duguay, communications director for New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. 

By noon, the situation appeared to be stabilizing, and the evacuation order was lifted, Duguay said. 

This morning, Duguay said those in the Sussex area were most likely to experience flooding over the weekend, and should remain “alert and aware.”

He said he didn’t have details on water levels at the moment but said all small water ways in New Brunswick were at risk today because of the volume of water the province has received. 

Thousands without power 

As of 11 a.m., 10,078 people are without power in the province, according to NB Power’s website.

Most of the outages are concentrated in the Kennebecasis Valley area, where 8,612 people have no electricity.

Marc Belliveau, a communications officer with NB Power, said the outages in this area are related to trees falling on power lines.

In one instance in the Quispamsis area, a tree broke, fell onto power lines and then fell on lines again after crews had lifted it off, he said.

Most of the outages were expected to be resolved Saturday morning, according to NB Power’s online outage map. But by 1 p.m., 9,660 were still without power. 

Flash freezes, heavy rain make for bad roads 

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings, varying from flash freezes, to heavy rain, freezing rain and snow, for every part of the province this weekend. Some northern areas are expected to experience a mix of all four, making for a messy 48 hours.

People in New Brunswick are being warned about slick driving conditions, flooding and power outages as heavy rain moves across most of the province.

A van drives through major puddles in Fredericton on Saturday morning. New Brunswick is under weather warnings this weekend, with part of the province expecting flash freezes, heavy rain, freezing rain and-or snow. (CBC )

“With the amount of snow currently on the ground and temperatures reaching the positive double digits, substantial snow-melt and…

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