FREDERICTON (GNB) – With the rain and mild temperatures of the last 24 hours, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents that the risk of localized flooding, ice cover movement and ice jams will be high over the next 48 hours. People living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers should remain on alert.

Over the last 24 hours Environment and Climate Change Canada reported 20 -- 33 mm of rain across the province and 2 – 5 cm of snow melt with the highest amounts in the Woodstock and Nackawic area.

Increasing flows and water levels are expected over the next 48 hours. The most significant increase of water level to date has taken place on the Nashwaak River, but it remains below flood stage. River Watch officials continue to closely monitor the situation.

Residents can report ice jams and localized flooding at any time 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
  • read helpful tips, the latest forecasts and public advisories by visiting the River Watch website, or by following the Emergency Measures Organization on Twitter and Facebook.

The River Watch program is in effect to provide 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 program is a joint effort between the Department of Environment and Local Government and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Justice and Public Safety. 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.

Updates on information related to the potential for flooding or ice jams, including 24/7 emergency updates, is available online.