FREDERICTON (GNB) – The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents to be vigilant along waterways in the coming weeks.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has forecast small amounts of snow and rain over the weekend, with temperatures between 3 C and -7 C, and a rainfall event early next week. Localized flooding may occur in areas where drainage systems are blocked by ice and snow.

People living or working in areas prone to localized flooding are reminded to be aware and take the proper precautions to safeguard their homes and possessions.

River Watch officials continue to monitor the situation closely.

New Brunswickers are reminded to:

  • consider moving 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;
  • avoid crossing the ice with recreational vehicles;
  • report ice jams or issues related to rising water at 1-800-561-4034; and

The River Watch program is in effect to provide information on the status of rivers, the potential for 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.