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With flooding comes isolation for some N.B. residents
With more rain in the forecast, many New Brunswick residents living in flood-prone areas are preparing for the worst.
While some residents are concerned about flooding in their homes, others are worried about becoming isolated if roads wash out.
Residents of Darlings Island are among those preparing for possible flooding. The road leading to the island is down to one lane and if water levels continue to rise, residents could be stuck.
“A lot of people brought their canoes, kayaks and boats just in case, and put a car on both sides of the water,” says area resident Craig Buck.
Residents of Darlings Island will be keeping a close eye on the road that leads in and out of their community, and will have another mode of transportation ready just in case.
“We have a lot of people who are working, so they put a vehicle on this side of the bridge; they drive from their home to the bridge,” says Claudette LeBlanc.
“I think right now they are still crossing by foot. If it floods over, they will take the boat and get to their car on the other side.”
Darlings Island is just one of many communities in the province that face isolation issues when water levels rise.
“There are other communities in New Brunswick where it’s not necessarily the residential impact as much as it is the isolation factor,” says Bill Lawlor of the Canadian Red Cross.
“Roadways become covered or damaged as we’ve seen in the first round of flooding, which is very problematic for people if you have any health concerns or a situation where you need to be accessible.”
Water levels are high along the St. John and Kennebecasis rivers but Lawlor says the threat of ice jams is lower than it was last week. Officials with New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization remain on standby for communities along the St. John River.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Ashley Dunbar