River Watch 2009

River Watch 2009 / Water level watch (09/04/08)

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April 8, 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 Wednesday, April 8, 2009:

In response to above-freezing temperatures, snow melt and rainfall over the past 48 hours, water levels along the St. John River will continue to increase, causing the breakup and movement of existing ice covers and ice-jam formation.

An ice jam that formed on Monday at Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska continues to hold in place. However, the jam does not cover the full width of the river, and is therefore allowing water to pass. Water levels in the area have risen, forcing the closure of Main Street in Rivière Verte, and a portion of Route 144 at Rivière Verte. No properties have been affected, and no evacuations have been reported.

The ice jam at Woodstock remains in place, but is not holding back large quantities of water. Officials remain on the alert for changes.

Along the Nashwaak River, ice jams that formed at Nashwaak Village and Durham Bridge have released and have moved downstream past the Marysville bridge jam, which is not holding significant water.

Along the Miramichi River, rain and snow melt have further deteriorated existing ice covers, but for the most part ice covers remain intact.

An ice jam in the upper Miramichi rural community of Hayesville has flooded a portion of the Bloomfield Ridge Road. The water is about two feet above the road. It remains passable to four-wheel-drive vehicles.

At an ice jam in Priceville, the road has about three feet of water and ice, from 347 Priceville Rd. to the springs. Water is coming over the road at Big Hole Brook in Storeytown.

Monitoring of both of these situations continues.

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 Thursday, April 9.

More information is available at the River Watch 2009 website, www.gnb.ca/riverwatch.

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

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