River Watch 2009

River Watch 2009 / Flood warning (09/04/24)

NB 553

April 24, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO) gives the following definition of a FLOOD WARNING: Rising water will result in flooding of areas adjacent to identified watercourses. Persons close to these areas must take appropriate measures to protect themselves and their property from flood waters.

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following flood warning is issued by River Watch 2009 and the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO) on Friday, April 24, 2009:

In response to the heavy precipitation over the last 72 hours and forecast rising temperatures over the next three days, river levels are expected to rise across the province. Flood stages will be reached or exceeded over the coming days in a number of areas.

Persons living or working in low-lying areas subject to open-water flooding should immediately move property at risk to above high-water levels and to secure objects that might float. Residents are advised to review their personal flood plan and to have their emergency kit at hand.

Areas where flood stages will be met or exceeded over the forecast period (next two days) include:

Upper St. John River basin

Saint-Hilaire and Edmundston

Lower St. John River basin

Fredericton, Maugerville, Sheffield-Lakeville Corner and Jemseg

Water levels for the forecast period are as follows:

Prepare now to help your family be safe.

The next report will be issued on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

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


MEDIA CONTACT: NB-EMO River Watch 2009, 506-453-2133.