FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Justice and Public Safety’s Emergency Measures Organization is advising New Brunswickers to prepare their properties for heavy rainfall over the next two days.

According to a special weather statement by Environment and Climate Change Canada, there is the potential for a prolonged heavy rainfall in the province beginning on Wednesday and lasting until late Thursday.

Because the weather system is still in the early development stages, exact amounts and details are still uncertain. However, current indications show a high likelihood that many parts of New Brunswick could receive more than 50 millimetres of rain by Thursday evening, with the potential for some areas in the western parts of the province to receive more than 100 millimetres.

The public is advised to monitor subsequent forecasts as rainfall warnings may be issued for most parts of the province.

People should take appropriate action to protect their properties by clearing drains and securing items which may be prone to damage by wind and rain.

Significant rainfall brings the risk of power outages and hazardous driving conditions. Motorists should adjust to driving conditions as water may pool on roadways in areas of poor drainage.

The following reminders are for motorists:

  • Visibility can be severely reduced during downpours; reduce your speed.
  • Watch for standing water, which could cause hydroplaning.
  • Be on the lookout for washed-out road shoulders and culverts.

The Emergency Measures Organization advises people to have everything they need for up to 72 hours, including food, water, medication, batteries and other necessities.

The public is reminded to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

All New Brunswickers should continue to monitor conditions and local forecasts.