FREDERICTON (GNB) – People living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers are asked to be on the alert for ice movement and the possibility of ice-jam formation resulting in rapid water-level increases. 

Officials are currently monitoring an ice jam in the Magaguadavic River in Charlotte County. This jam has the potential to cause localized flooding. Residents are advised to review their personal flood plan and have an emergency kit on hand. 

Residents should stay away from fast moving water. Because of the deterioration of river ice it is now unsafe to cross waterways on foot, on snowmobiles or on an ATV. Residents should also avoid using boats on open water as currents are fast, and may be carrying debris and the water is cold. 

Advice to motorists 

Motorists are reminded that while heavy rainfall and freezing rain have subsided, travel conditions are still not safe in many areas. This morning employees of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure ‎rescued a stranded New Brunswick man and his dog. The two had been washed off the road while travelling in a minivan in Hoyt. 

The Travel Not Recommended advisory that was issued last night has been lifted, however, a number of roads remain closed due to flooding and wash-outs, particularly in the Moncton and Fredericton areas. 

A total of 32 roads and routes across the province have been closed or reduced to one lane, including Route 116. Crews will be on site today to perform interim repairs where possible and assess the extent of damage. Closures and lane reductions are expected to be resolved over the next week. 

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is focused on restoring transportation links as quickly as possible. For up to date information on road closures and a full list of closures, please visit NB 511. 

The following reminders are for motorists:

  • Watch for standing water, which could cause hydroplaning.

  • Be on the lookout for washed-out road shoulders and culverts.

  • If you see debris on the roads, or damaged culverts, report it to your local authorities or police.

  • Adhere to road signs.  They are posted for your safety. 

Musquash 

An evacuation order was issued for about 100 homes in Musquash on Saturday night. The evacuation order was issued as a precaution as water levels at the East Branch dam were at the critical point defined in the dam's risk management plan. 

Recorded water levels at the dam have been going down since Saturday night. The Department of Energy and Resource Development continues to monitor the situation and staff are on site inspecting the area. 

Power outages 

Between 7,500 and 9,000 New Brunswickers experienced power outages due to the heavy rainfall and freezing rain across the province yesterday. Most of them were in Kennebecasis Valley and Kings County, in particular the communities of Quispamsis and Rothesay. Later in the afternoon, Kent County and the communities around Bouctouche were affected. 

According to NB Power’s most recent assessments, power should be restored to the majority of customers currently experiencing outages by this afternoon.  

Strong winds, driving rain and freezing rain posed challenges for the lines workers. 

Residents experiencing an outage due to the storm are encouraged to report it at nbpower.com or 1-800-663-6272. Information on outages is available on the NB Power website. 

Residents should never approach downed power lines, or trees that are in contact with power lines. 

New Brunswickers in communities experiencing heavy flooding or that are without power are encouraged to check on their neighbours, particularly the elderly, to see if any assistance is required. 

Carbon monoxide 

Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to health problems, illness or death. Carbon monoxide has no smell, taste, or colour. Unless a carbon monoxide detector is installed in a home, residents might never know it is present until it is too late. Take a moment to test the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. 

Never run generators or cook with an open flame, inside a home or the garage, as these activities create carbon monoxide which can become extremely dangerous. 

Food safety 

Residents without power should not open their freezer or fridge unless it is absolutely necessary. If the door remains closed, a full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours without electricity. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present. All perishable food in a refrigerator without electricity for more than 24 hours should be discarded. 

Social media

For further updates, follow the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization on Twitter and Facebook, or by visiting the 24-7 emergency updates webpage. For storm-related social media messages, search #nbstorm.