FREDERICTON (GNB) - River Watch 2014 issued following advisory today at 7 p.m.

The Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Measures Organization is warning residents of a potential scenario developing on the St. John River.

A large mass of ice, 35 kilometres in length, is currently moving through Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska.  

The ice mass that is moving could very likely push through an ice jam in that location and continue through the Grand Falls Dam and further down river.

There is a second ice jam below Perth-Andover in Muniac. If this ice mass reaches that jam and stops, there is a strong likelihood water will back up into the communities of Perth-Andover and Tobique First Nation. This will also impact residences in surrounding rural areas.

If this scenario plays out it is very likely flood levels at Perth-Andover will reach levels those in 2012.

For the safety of residents, NB EMO is strongly advising people to follow a voluntary evacuation order recommended by the Village of Perth-Andover.

Residents in need of assistance or accommodation can go to the Perth-Andover Middle School at 20 Nissen St. or call the Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597. If they opt to stay with friends or family, they are still encouraged to register with the Red Cross.

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