March 16, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are advised by the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO) that River Watch 2009 is now underway.
"Last year's near-record flooding certainly reminded us all 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."
Many areas of New Brunswick have experienced significant snowfall this winter, and in coming weeks this snow will begin melting and flowing 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. Ice breakup and movement 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 at: http://www.gnb.ca/public.
A complete list of weather warnings is available from Environment Canada at: http://meteo.gc.ca/warnings/nb_e.html.
A list of traffic advisories may be found on the Department of Transportation website at: http://www1.gnb.ca/cnb/transportation/index-e.asp.
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 2009 website at: http://www.gnb.ca/Riverwatch.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andy Morton, River Watch 2009, 506-453-2133.