River Watch 2009

River Watch 2009 / Flood warning extended (09/04/27)

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April 27, 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 Monday, April 27, 2009:

In response to the forecast temperatures and minimal precipitation over the next three days, river levels are expected to remain elevated across the province.

Generally, water levels are expected to remain steady or slightly decrease in the Edmundston, Fredericton and Maugerville areas. Further downstream at Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, Oak Point and Quispamsis-Saint John, small increases through today will cause water levels to be at or near flood stage.

Persons living or working in low-lying areas subject to open-water flooding should continue to be alert to water level increases in their areas.

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

Upper St. John River basin

Edmundston

Lower St. John River basin

Fredericton
Sheffield-Lakeville Corner
Jemseg
Quispamsis
Saint John

Water levels for the forecast period are as follows:

Prepare now to help your family be safe.

The next report will be issued on Tuesday, April 28, 2009.

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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