FREDERICTON (GNB) – The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents that the risk of localized flooding, ice cover movement and ice jams remains high.

Over the next 48 hours Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 30-40 mm of rain in the southern part of the St. John River basin, including the Grand Lake area. The upper part of the St. John River basin should get 15-30 mm of rain. Temperatures are expected to approach 20 degrees on Tuesday, but should go back down for the following days.

People living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers should remain on alert.

Flows and water levels continue to increase, but have not reached flood stage anywhere. Minor ice jams remain on the Tobique River; on the St. John River near Hartland, as well as near Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska; and on the Southwest Miramichi River near Doaktown, but none of them represent a threat at this time.

River Watch officials continue to monitor the situation closely.

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 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.