FREDERICTON (GNB) – With rain and mild temperatures forecasted for the coming days, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization reminds people living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers to remain cautious.

On Thursday, Environment Canada is predicting rainfall in the range of 20-30 mm across most regions of the province, with higher amounts possible along the Maine border. Temperatures in some regions will reach double digits on Friday afternoon, contributing to faster snowmelt.

The rainfall coupled with a melting snowpack could result in localized flooding, particularly in areas where drainage systems are blocked by snow and ice.

Small rivers and streams may see ice breakup resulting in rapid water level increases.

Residents can report ice jams by calling 1-800-561-4034.

New Brunswickers are reminded to:

  • be prepared for possible flooding and have a plan to evacuate and be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours;
  • move belongings to higher ground if their property is near a waterway or is in an area that is prone to flooding;
  • avoid the banks of waterways as they become dangerous this time of year. The water is cold and currents are swift and could be carrying debris;
  • report ice jams or rising water. If you need advice, contact the Emergency Measures Organization at 1-800-561-4034; and

Weather warnings, traffic advisories and road conditions are also available online.

The River Watch program provides New Brunswickers with information on the status of rivers, potential risks of ice jams, and other flood issues across the province over the coming weeks.

The River Watch program is a joint effort between the Department of Environment and Local Government and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. Other partners include NB Power, watershed groups, and federal, provincial and state agencies involved in monitoring and forecasting the water flow in the province's rivers and streams.