FREDERICTON (GNB) - River Watch 2014 has issued an ice movement and flood watch advisory.

Above freezing temperatures and significant rainfall are forecast for the next 48 hours. These conditions will lead to steadily increasing flows, resulting in slow rising water levels in rivers, streams and tributaries. Water levels are expected to peak on Wednesday and Thursday.

These conditions are conducive to the rapid deterioration of ice covers in all regions. This could lead to the break-up and movement of ice covers and could cause jams as well as associated flooding. Rivers outside of the St. John River system stand to have ice movement as well, so people in all regions should be prepared.

Of particular concern are ice jams formed in January that may hold back water as levels increase, leading to localized flooding. Jams are located at:

●    Nashwaak River at MacLaggan Bridge, Tay Bridge, Durham Bridge and Marysville Bridge Kennebecasis River at Hillsdale.
●    Southwest Miramichi below the Doaktown Bridge and at Norrad's Bridge.
            
Water levels on the Nashwaak and Kennebecasis rivers are also a concern and will be at or approaching flood stage on Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall can lead to water pooling on roadways, possible culvert collapses and washouts.

Safety information

●    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.
●    A change in weather conditions could lead to flooding in areas where drainage systems are blocked by ice and snow.
●    Individuals living or working in areas that are prone to flooding should remain aware and take proper precautions to safeguard their homes and possessions.
●    Because of the deterioration of ice covers it is now unsafe to cross waterways on foot, snowmobiles and ATVs.  
●    Residents should avoid using boats or kayaks on open water as currents are fast, may be carrying debris and the water is cold.
●    Residents are advised to review their personal flood plan and have an emergency kit on hand.

LINKS:
●    River Watch
●    Flooded Roads
●    Environment Canada 
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