Saint John roads reopen as more severe weather approaches
Meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm
All Saint John roads closed because of flash flooding on Thursday have reopened, said Kevin Comeau, a platoon chief with the Saint John Fire Department.
"It's looking a lot better than it did this morning," he said.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding across the city, closing several streets.
Some of the flooded roads reopened quickly, but others, like parts of Retail Drive, Rothesay Avenue, Golden Grove and Westmorland, remained closed until early afternoon.
UPDATE: Some roads remain closed at this time and others may close again as rain is expected this afternoon. Please continue to drive with caution & avoid flooded areas<br>Retail Dr @ Oakland St<br>Rothesay Ave @ train bridge<br>Westmorland Rd @ Parkway Mall<br>Golden Grove Rd @ Dolan Lake—@cityofsaintjohn
"It was a small version of a flash flood would be the easiest way to explain it," Comeau, said.
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Fire crews were also called to a home on Westmorland Road over a report that it was struck by lightning. Comeau said the lightning strike "de-energized the building from power" but there was no fire.
Comeau said the house is still standing and there were no injuries involved.
Meanwhile, Saint John Transit said the downpour was strong enough to lift up manhole covers on some streets, including Loch Lomond Road, Rothesay Avenue and Retail Drive in the east and Lancaster Avenue in the west.\
Due to a flooding road closure, route 31 will not be servicing McAllister Drive. This will remain until the barricade is lifted.—@ThinkTransitSJ
More weather on way
Environment Canada said Thursday afternoon its meteorologists are "tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing heavy rain" in New Brunswick.
"Similar to the thunderstorms that already moved through this morning, these thunderstorms are capable of producing very heavy rain, with rainfall rates exceeding 25 mm/h and wind gusts up to 70 km/h," the website says.
"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes."
with files from Joseph Tunney