River Watch 2009

River Watch 2009 / Flood warning extended (09/04/29)

NB 577

April 29, 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 Wednesday, April 29, 2009:

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

Generally, water levels are expected to decrease slightly in the Edmundston, Fredericton and Maugerville areas.

Further downstream, at Sheffield-Lakeville Corner and Jemseg, small decreases through today will occur; however, water levels will be at or over flood stage and remain there over the forecast period.

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 exceeded over the forecast period (next two days) include:

Lower St. John River basin

Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, 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 Thursday, April 30, 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.