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Heavy rain caused flooding in some areas on Aug 11, 2023, including along Westmorland Road at the entrance to McAllister Place in Saint John. Image: Staff photo

UPDATED: Heavy rain causes localized flooding

By Brad Perry Aug 11, 2023 | 12:10 PM

Heavy rain on Friday is leading to localized flooding in parts of southern New Brunswick.

Water is pooling on the road in several of the usual problem spots on Saint John’s east side.

Callers to our station have also reported localized flooding on some streets in Sussex.

A rainfall warning was issued for the following areas shortly after 9 a.m. Friday:

  • Fundy National Park
  • Grand Lake and Queens County
  • Kent County
  • Kouchibouguac National Park
  • Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick
  • Saint John and County
  • Sussex – Kennebecasis Valley and Kings County

Darin Borgel, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said heavy showers and thunderstorms will persist throughout much of the day Friday.

“The good news is it’s going to move through pretty quickly today, only looking at probably six to eight hours or so or heavier showers, but when it does rain, it could be quite heavy at times,” Borgel said in an interview.

Borgel said rainfall rates in excess of 20 millimetres per hour are possible in some of the heavier showers and thunderstorms.

In total, forecasters said between 40 and 60 millimetres of rain is expected, but some areas could see closer to 80 millimetres in heavier showers and thunderstorms.

Environment Canada said that could lead to hazardous driving conditions, water pooling on roads and localized flooding.

Here is a look at some of the preliminary rainfall totals in New Brunswick as of 12 p.m. Friday.

  • Point Lepreau: 40 mm
  • Saint John Airport: 33 mm
  • St. Stephen: 28 mm
  • Fredericton Airport: 25.7 mm
  • Moncton Airport: 22 mm
  • Base Gagetown (Oromocto): 20 mm

Charlotte County was under a special weather statement, but that ended shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.

Forecasters were calling for rainfall totals of between 20 and 40 millimetres in the area, without locally higher amounts.

The latest forecast shows precipitation coming to an end across the province later in the afternoon or evening, with a few lingering showers Friday night.

Borgel said the weather pattern in our region will remain somewhat unsettled over the next few days.

“It’s looking to be a fairly nice day on Saturday but another system moves through on Sunday. Probably some more showers, perhaps not as intense or as heavy as today,” he said.

Another system is expected to bring more showers or rain to the region on Tuesday night and Wednesday.


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