New Brunswick

Saint John roads reopen as more severe weather approaches

Heavy showers caused flooding problems in Saint John early Thursday morning, but all roads reopened as more bad weather approached.

Meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm

Some vehicles were stranded in the heavy rain and flooding on Thursday. (Roger Cosman/CBC)

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.

"It was a small version of a flash flood would be the easiest way to explain it," Comeau, said.

Comeau said at least three cars were stranded after the flooding started, but tow trucks were able to get them out.

Several streets were blocked off in the east end of city. (Roger Cosman/CBC)

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.

Haymarket Square in Saint John filled with water early Thursday morning. (Roger Cosman/CBC)

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.\

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


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