River Watch 2009

River Watch 2009 / Water level watch (09/04/13)

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April 13, 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 Monday, April 13, 2009:

As a result of cooler temperatures and minimal precipitation over the last 48 hours, water levels along the St. John River basin continue 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 forecast cooler temperatures and no precipitation, resulting in a slower snow melt.

An ice jam near Siegas released on Sunday morning, and water levels have decreased in that area.

The ice jam at Woodstock released late Saturday night and moved downstream to the deeper water of the Mactaquac headpond. Water levels have decreased in this area.

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

On the Restigouche River system, the Wyers Brook Road 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 throughout 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 Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

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


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