River Watch 2009

River Watch 2009 / Water level watch (09/04/05)

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April 5, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following water level advisory is issued by River Watch 2009 and the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization on Sunday, April 5, 2009:

In response to above-freezing temperatures, snow melt and forecast rain, water levels along the St. John River will continue to rise, promoting the movement of existing ice covers and ice-jam formation. The ice forecast to move into the Simonds / Hartland area on Saturday evening has not yet moved. In the Perth-Andover area, ice is still expected to move in the next 24 hours.

An ice jam has formed at Brooks Bridge, about 20 km above Perth-Andover. No reports of flooding have been received from this location.

An ice jam has formed at Riverbank, about 14 km above Hartland. Route 105, is closed at this location due to ice and water over the roadway. The Department of Transportation is monitoring.

An ice jam has formed at the junction of the Saint Francois and St. John rivers. This jam extends from the junction to one km downstream of Connors. There are no reports of flooding in this area.

An ice jam has formed at Caron Brook which extends 3.5 km downstream to Baker Brook. There are no reports of flooding in this area.

Along the Nashwaak River, an ice jam has formed just below Durham Bridge. Water behind the jam has pushed out into fields adjacent the river, thereby relieving pressure on the jam. There are no reports of flooding to residences in the area.

Along the Miramichi River, forecast rain and snow melt will further deteriorate existing ice covers and promote ice breakup and movement.

Those living and working along rivers are advised to pay close attention to water level increases and ice movement. Ice jams can form unexpectedly, and flood waters can rise very quickly behind these jams. Residents are advised to know the risks, make a plan, and prepare an emergency kit. Prepare now to help your family be safe.

The next report will be issued on Monday, April 6.

More information is available at the River Watch 2009 website, http://www.gnb.ca/public/Riverwatch/index-e.asp.


MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Wilmot, River Watch 2009, 506-453-2133.