Transit buses rerouted as rain floods roads in Saint John – CBC.ca

Bus routes are disrupted and some residents lost power as heavy rain continues in southern New Brunswick.

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Local flooding on Saint John’s east side

Saint John Transit buses were re-routed because of flooding on Rothesay Avenue on Monday. 0:27

Bus routes have been disrupted Monday and some residents have lost power as heavy rain continues in southern New Brunswick.

Saint John Transit said three buses had to be rerouted because of flooding on Rothesay Avenue on the city’s east side.

Buses 1A and 1B will be taking alternative routes, while Route 31 will only be serving Mystery Lake and Reading Crescent, with no service to the Glen Falls area “until further notice.”

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for the Fundy, Moncton, Saint John and Sussex areas, forecasting up to 75 millimetres of rain and wind gusts between 50 and 70 km/h.

Due to flooding Route 1B is unable to service Rothesay Avenue. From Waterloo the bus will go right on Brunswick, left on Paul Harris, left on Crown, right on Thorne, straight on Loch Lomond, left on Westmorland and back onto regular route at East Point. #SJTransitAlert

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A city traffic advisory is asking residents to drive with caution, observe signs and barricades and avoid flooded areas.

The advisory, updated late Monday afternoon, said the following roads are affected, though none of them are fully closed:

  • University Avenue: Closed eastbound from Saint John Regional Hospital to Sandy Point Road.
  • Westfield Road (in front of 2848 Westfield Rd.): Reduced to one lane.
  • End of Rothesay Avenue at the train bridge: Water covering all lanes, but road is still open. Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area.
  • 111 McAllister Dr. (in front of McDonald’s): Water on road, drive with caution
  • 801 Bayside Dr.: Water on road, drive with caution.

The rainfall warnings are expected to continue throughout Monday night, then briefly change over to snow overnight in some regions before things clear on Tuesday.

Due to flooding Route 1A is unable to service Rothesay Avenue. Leaving East Point the bus will go right on Westmorland, right on Loch Lomond, left on Bayside, right on the causeway, right on Crown, left on Paul Harris, right on Brunswick back to regular route. #SJTransitAlert

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CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said most of the rain in the province will fall in the southeast, but western and northern areas could still get up to 40 millimetres.

N.B. Power has been responding to some unplanned outages affecting hundreds of homes in the St. Stephen area. By 2 p.m. there were 109 customers without power.

Saint John Energy did not report any outages around the same time.

Rainfall warning updates

Environment Canada issued the following rainfall warnings for late Monday:

Moncton:

Rain, heavy at times, amounting to 20 to 30 mm. Wind gusts of up to 70 km/h expected, easing to 50 this evening.

Rain will change to snow Tuesday morning and end late in the afternoon. 

Saint John:

Rain, heavy at times, amounting to 20 to 30 mm. Wind gusts of up to 70 km/h, diminishing to 20 to 40 early this evening.

By Tuesday morning, a few rain showers and flurries are expected, becoming mainly cloudy by afternoon.  

Grand Manan, coastal Charlotte County:

Rain, heavy at times, amounting to 10 mm. Rain will end overnight, becoming cloudy Tuesday morning. Wind gusts of 20 to 40 km/h overnight.