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New Brunswick Flood Concerns Continue

04/19/2014 08:21 EDT | Updated 06/19/2014 05:59 EDT
Ice jams and high water levels continue to be a major concern in parts of New Brunswick as the Red Cross has begun registering people who have voluntarily left their homes in the Perth-Andover area.

"There's lots of things going on in the province right now," said Paul Bradley, a spokesman for New Brunswick's Department of Public Safety. "A lot of high water everywhere."

There's caution even as authorities in Perth-Andover report water levels dropped overnight and are expected to continue declining in the coming days.

A remaining concern is an ice jam above the dam in Grand Falls. If that moves through and catches up to another jam below Perth-Andover, it could cause major problems in the area, Bradley said.

Officials in New Brunswick are "strongly advising" people in the Perth-Andover area to voluntarily leave their homes.

At least 30 people have left their homes and registered with the Red Cross at the Perth-Andover Middle School, although no one stayed overnight. Red Cross spokesman Dan Bedell said the organization is prepared to open a shelter if necessary.

Bradley said there's a risk that flooding in the village could be as bad as 2012, when a state of emergency was declared in Perth-Andover.

Another potential trouble spot is around Doaktown, where river watchers are keeping an eye on three ice jams. If the massive ice jams come together they could cause serious flooding.

Heavy rains and warmer temperatures have led to rising water levels in several river systems across New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Melting snowpack and ice-cover has led to ice jams.

Parts of New Brunswick were already hit by flooding this week. 

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