FREDERICTON (GNB) – River Watch 2014 has issued the following advisory for Sunday, April 6, 2014:

As a result of the rainfall on Saturday and the continued above-freezing temperatures forecast for the next 24 hrs conditions are favourable to promote the deterioration of ice covers particularly in streams, tributaries and small rivers in all parts of the province. This could lead to the break-up and movement of ice covers and, in turn, could cause jams and associated flooding along streams and rivers.

While this weather is not expected to have an immediate effect on major river systems, it could lead to localized flooding, particularly where normal drainage systems are overwhelmed. Areas of poor drainage may sustain standing water and minor flooding of basements may occur.


Safety information

People living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers are reminded to:

●    Be on the alert for ice movement and the possibility of ice jams, which could lead to water levels increasing rapidly.
●    Be vigilant; ice can be unpredictable when it moves. It will potentially jam at locations it has not in the past and may jam where it has in the past.
●    Stay away from the edge of streams, tributaries and rivers as you could be struck by moving ice.
●    Avoid the banks of waterways as they become very dangerous this time of year. Water is cold and currents are swift and could be carrying debris.
●    Avoid driving recreational vehicles over ice crossings. Remain aware in areas prone to localized flooding.
●     Take proper precautions to safeguard homes and possession. Where possible, clear storm drains near residences.
●    Move belongings to higher levels if your property is near waterways or if you are in an area that is prone to flooding.
●    Have an emergency kit for home and car ready in case you must evacuate on a moment's notice.
●     Call 911 if you are in danger.
●    Report an ice jam or rising water. If you need advice, contact the Emergency Measures Organization at 1-800-561-4034.
●    Read helpful tips and check on the latest forecasts and public advisories online  (www.gnb.ca/RiverWatch) or by following NB EMO on twitter @NBEMO_OMU_NB


A list of weather warnings is available from Environment Canada and a variety of self-help advice is available from the Emergency Measures Organization.

LINKS:

●    River Watch 2014
●    Environment Canada (public alerts)
●    Twitter@nbemo_omunb