FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Justice and Public Safety’s Emergency Measures Organization advises New Brunswickers to prepare their properties for heavy rainfall and strong winds over the weekend.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, rain, at times heavy, is expected until Saturday night.

Additional rainfall amounts of 45 to 60 mm are expected by Saturday evening.

There is also the potential for very strong westerly winds Saturday night and Sunday, particularly in the Acadian Peninsula, but possibly affecting other regions of the province, as well.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

The public is advised to monitor subsequent forecasts, as wind warnings may be issued for other parts of the province.

People should take appropriate action to protect their properties by clearing drains and securing items that 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 roads in areas with poor drainage.

The following reminders are issued for motorists:

  • Visibility can be severely reduced during downpours; reduce your speed.
  • Watch the roads 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.