River Watch 2009

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

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April 9, 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 (NB-EMO) on Thursday, April 9, 2009:

In response to above-freezing temperatures and snow melt earlier this week, water levels along the St. John River have continued to increase slightly, causing the breakup and movement of existing ice covers and ice-jam formation.

Water levels in several areas along the Saint John River basin, as forecast on Wednesday, have reached flood level. However, no reports have been received of major problems in regard to flooding of infrastructure or damage to private property. Municipal officials and NB-EMO continue to monitor the situation. Water levels are expected to level off and begin to decline over the next 48 to 72 hours in response to the cooler and dryer weather forecast.

An ice jam that formed on Monday at Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska has released and travelled downstream to the community of Siegas. The jam continues to hold in place. However, it is allowing some water to flow past, and water levels have stabilized since yesterday, Wednesday, April 8. The Department of Transportation is monitoring roads in the area, and there have been no reports of property or infrastructure being affected.

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 moved downstream and joined with the Marysville bridge jam, which is not holding significant water.

Along the Miramichi River, for the most part, ice covers remain intact.

An ice jam in the upper Miramichi rural community of Hayesville has released, and water levels have started to decline. At an ice jam in Priceville, water levels have started to slowly decline, and no further impacts are anticipated The roadway remains passable to four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Monitoring of both of these situations continues.

An ice jam that formed on the Restigouche River, near Mann Mountain, continues to hold water that has affected travel on the Restigouche River Road. Water levels have risen about six inches in that area in the last 24 hours. The Department of Transportation continues to monitor the area.

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 Saturday, April 11.

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

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

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