New Brunswick

Heavy rains expected for southern New Brunswick

New Brunswick residents are being advised to drive with caution and to prepare for possible power outages and flooding, with heavy rainfall expected to continue into Friday.

Environment Canada warns 'heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads'

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings on Thursday for Grand Lake and Queens County, Grand Manan and coastal Charlotte County, Saint John and county, St. Stephen and northern Charlotte County, Sussex, the Kennebecasis Valley and Kings County. (Environment Canada)

New Brunswick residents are being advised to drive with caution and to prepare for possible power outages and flooding, with heavy rainfall expected to continue into Friday.

The Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization issued an advisory on Wednesday, saying some regions could see up to 100 millimetres of rain, including heavy downpours at times.

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for Grand Lake and Queens County, Grand Manan and coastal Charlotte County, Saint John and county, St. Stephen and northern Charlotte County, Sussex, the Kennebecasis Valley and Kings County.

"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts," the weather agency states.

The storm could also bring wind gusts of up to 60 km/h and the possibility of storm surges along the coast.

Silversea's luxury cruise ship Silver Whisper cancelled its visit to Saint John today because of the storm

Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas was still expected to call, according to the Port of Saint John.

The EMO says people living or working along streams, tributaries and small rivers should be on alert and motorists should watch for hazardous driving conditions.

Homeowners who have experienced flooding during heavy rain storms before are urgedto take precautions, such as clearing leaves and debris from drains to allow for effective drainage.

EMO also advises residents to have a 72-hour emergency kit, which should include food, water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities.