April 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following water level watch is issued by River Watch 2009 and the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization on Monday, April 6, 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.
An ice jam that formed at Brooks Bridge, about 20 kilometres above Perth-Andover, has released, and the jam has moved down river to the tail of the jam at Perth-Andover. Water levels at Brooks Bridge have begun to recede slowly.
An ice jam has formed as forecast at Perth-Andover, and is holding back water at that location. A portion of Route 105 north of Perth-Andover has been flooded, and that area has been closed to traffic by the Department of Transportation. Monitoring is continuing.
The ice jam that formed at Riverbank about 14 kilometres above Hartland has released. Route 105 remains closed at this location due to ice on the roadway. The Department of Transportation is working to remove the ice and re-open the highway.
An ice jam that formed in the Simonds/Hartland area late Saturday night remains in place and is causing flooding along sections of Route 105. The Department of Transportation is re-routing traffic in the affected areas through Routes 130 and 103. Monitoring is continuing.
The ice jams that formed at the junction of the Saint François and St. John rivers and at Caron Brook have released. There were no reports of flooding in this area.
Along the Nashwaak River, ice jams have formed at Nashwaak Bridge, just below Durham Bridge, and in Marysville. At Nashwaak Bridge the jam is holding water, but no reports of flooding have been received. At Durham Bridge, water behind the jam has pushed out into fields adjacent the river, thereby relieving pressure on the jam. At Marysville the jam is not restricting water flows to any great extent. No reports of flooding to residences in the area have been received.
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 Tuesday, April 7.
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.