FREDERICTON (GNB) – As temperatures increased over the past few days, River Watch officials continue to closely monitor ice movement on the upper reaches of the St. John River basin. With more rain forecasted over the next 24 hours, the risk of localized flooding, ice cover movement and ice jams remains high.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting warm temperatures and rain showers today and overnight into Wednesday, with amounts of 20-35 mm in the lower St. John River basin, 15-30 mm in the middle St. John River basin, and 20 mm in the upper St. John River basin.

River Watch officials are monitoring an ice jam in the area between Ste-Anne-de-Madawaska and Saint-Léonard, and people who live near the river should be on alert for a rapid increase in water levels.

Despite the fact that flows and water levels continue to increase gradually, most areas should remain below flood stage over the coming days. No major jams are affecting the St. John River basin 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 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.