Flooding widespread throughout New Brunswick after weekend storm – New Brunswick

With some areas of New Brunswick receiving more than 100 millimetres of rain in less than 24 hours, flooding and washouts were widespread through the province Saturday.

This prompted the Department of Transportation to issue ‘no-travel’ advisories for several areas Saturday evening.

Kent County, Westmorland County, the greater Fredericton area, Chipman area, Northern York County, and Carleton County are all affected by the advisory.

The department is also advising that northwestern and northern New Brunswick are experiencing snowy conditions, causing slippery sections on some roads.

Residents said they had never seen water levels so high in Saint-Marie-De-Kent. (Submitted )

According to Environment Canada, Mechanic Settlement, which is located between Fundy National Park and Sussex, received the most rain in the province — at a whopping 129 millimetres between Friday and Saturday evenings.

Bouctouche received 109.6 millimetres, St. Stephen received 89 millimetres, Sussex and Fredericton received about 61 millimetres, and CFB Gagetown received 64 millimetres.

Van sinks into driveway  

Robert Maillet, who lives in Saint-Marie-De-Kent, says the flooding near his property is the “worst it’s been.”

He lives on a hilltop, surrounded by horses, ponds and trees. Several of his family members live at the bottom of the hill.

His father-in-law, who’s in his mid-seventies, Maillet said, drives up the hill every morning and night to see the horses.

However, on Saturday morning’s drive up the hill, his cherry red Ford Windstar sank into a washout in the gravel driveway. He trekked up the rest of the hill by foot and told Maillet and his wife what had happened.

A van sank into Robert Maillet’s driveway in Sainte-Marie-De-Kent due to flooding Saturday. (Submitted )

“We’ve been here 10 years now and it’s the first time it’s been that bad. It’s the worst one we’ve had,” Maillet said.

He’s going to ask a friend with a tractor to pull the…

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