River Watch 2009

River Watch 2009 / Water level watch (09/04/11)

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April 11, 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 Saturday, April 11, 2009:

As a result of forecast cooler temperatures and minimal precipitation over the last 48 hours, water levels along the St. John River have begun to decrease or have stabilized at or near flood levels. No reports have been received of major problems in regard to flooding of infrastructure or damage to private property.

Water levels are expected to continue to decrease over the next 48 hours in response to the forecast cooler temperatures, resulting in a slower snow melt.

An ice jam near Siegas remains in place, but it is allowing some water to flow past, and water levels have stabilized. 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 it has moved downstream approximately 0.5 km. This jam is not holding back large quantities of water.

Along the Nashwaak River, the ice jam at the Marysville bridge remains in place, but it is not holding significant water.

Along the Miramichi River, for the most part, ice covers remain intact but continue to deteriorate.

Ice jams in the Upper Miramichi rural communities of Hayesville and Priceville have released, and water levels continue to decline.

An ice jam has formed downstream of Hayesville at Palmers Island near the Norrad Bridge, but this jam is not holding back large quantities of water, and there are no impacts on infrastructure or property.

A ice jam has formed on the Renous River at Red Bridge Road, but this jam is not holding back large quantities of water, and no threat to infrastructure or property is anticipated. This will be the last report concerning this area.

The ice jam on the Restigouche River near Manns Mountain released on Thursday evening. This movement has freed the Restigouche River Road in Manns Mountain of ice and water.

On release, this jam reformed near Tide Head to about two km from the interprovincial bridge between Flatland and Matepedia. The road is now open at Manns Mountain, and no further threat to infrastructure or private property is anticipated.

The Wyers Brook Road it is still covered with ice and water. No threat to infrastructure or private property is anticipated. The Department of Transportation continues to monitor the area.

Municipal officials, local service managers and NB EMO continue to monitor all situations through the province.

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 13, 2009.

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


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