Officials say New Brunswick floodwaters will slowly recede over next five days

FREDERICTON — A bit of relief is in sight for flood-weary residents in southern New Brunswick, with the latest forecast calling for waters to slowly recede in most areas over the next five days.

Geoffrey Downey, a spokesman for New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, says while it’s raining across much of the province today, officials aren’t expecting a lot of precipitation.

He says the five-day flood forecast is for the Saint John River to be below flood stage in Fredericton, and down to flood stage in Maugerville, Oak Point and Saint John, by Thursday.

Meantime, the Trans-Canada Highway remains closed between Oromocto and River Glade and could remain so for several days, with the transportation department reporting 84 road closures across the province.

The RCMP has asked motorists to be patient and not take risks as the province copes with increased traffic and delays.

This is the second year in a row for record flooding in New Brunswick.

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