Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flooded-Out Rivers Continue to Threaten New Brunswick

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flooded-Out Rivers Continue to Threaten New Brunswick

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Floods continue in New Brunswick

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FREDERICTON - As flood waters in Fredericton began to show some signs of relief Sunday, the owner of a popular craft brewery on the banks of the Saint John River was anxious to assess damage and begin clean-up.

"The brewery was built with the idea that we knew we would get water. So now we get to see if our planning worked," said Sean Dunbar, owner of Picaroons Traditional Ales.

The brewery was completely surrounded by water this weekend and Dunbar said while the brewing area remained relatively dry, much of the building had about three inches of water and about a foot of water had flooded the new taproom.

The original portion of the renovated brick industrial building was built in 1874.

"It has flooded numerous times and made it through every single flood," Dunbar said. "I'm confident the old building will make it through again."

The Saint John River reached 8.2 metres or 1.7 metres above flood stage on Saturday, but had receded to 8.1 metres on Sunday.

Greg MacCallum, director of New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization, said depending on possible rain over the next few days, river levels were expected to remain about the same in Fredericton, but there are flooding concerns downstream.

"Residents of southern regions of the province should be on the alert as the water levels are going to be rising further south of Fredericton," he said Sunday.

MacCallum said people in places like Maugerville, Jemseg and the Saint John area need to be on alert.

Water levels rose rapidly at the end of last week due to rain and melting snow in the north of the province.

MacCallum said snow and ice continue to pose problems in the north. He said about a dozen homes had to be evacuated because of flooding near Bathurst.

"It is not yet resolved because it's an ice jam and it will move when nature dictates it will move," he said. …

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