March 15, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are advised by the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO) that River Watch 2010 is now underway.
"The flooding in 2008 and 2009 were good reminders for us of how important it is to be prepared for potential flooding," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "Everyone should be prepared to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours in the event of an emergency. I encourage all residents living and working along New Brunswick streams and rivers to take the precautions necessary to safeguard their property before a flood occurs."
Residents in flood-prone areas should elevate or remove possessions from basements because many items may not be covered by assistance programs if flooding occurs.
Overall, snow has accumulated at a near normal rate in New Brunswick, and in coming weeks, it will continue to melt and flow into the province's waterways.
River Watch is monitoring conditions throughout the province, with a particular emphasis on the St. John River basin. Residents should be mindful of the potential for flooding if continuous melting is combined with heavy rainfall.
River ice conditions are also being closely monitored on the upper St. John, Aroostook, Tobique, Nashwaak, Kennebecasis, Canaan and Miramichi rivers, where water levels are expected to rise. For the most part, ice covers are deteriorating gradually, but there is still potential for ice breakup and movement that may result in ice jams and localized flooding.
Residents should pay close attention to weather forecasts and any advisories, watches or warnings issued by NB-EMO.
More helpful tips and a 72-hour guide are available on the NB-EMO public alerts website.
A complete list of weather warnings is available at Environment Canada online.
A list of traffic advisories and road conditions is available by calling 511 or by visiting the Department of Transportation website.
River Watch is a partnership of the Department of Public Safety with federal, provincial and state agencies involved in monitoring and flow forecasting for the St. John River basin. Updates on forecasted river flows are available on the River Watch 2010 website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Wilmot, River Watch 2010, 506-453-2133.