FREDERICTON (GNB) – With rain and mild temperatures in the weekend forecast, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization reminds people living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers to be cautious.

Environment Canada is expecting rainfall in the range of 20 mm in the northern and western regions of the province, as well as in the Fundy region.

The rainfall, coupled with a melting snowpack, could result in localized flooding particularly in areas where drainage systems are blocked by snow and ice.

River ice observers are on call and scheduled to be deployed on Monday when flows are forecast to be peaking. Small rivers and streams may see ice breakup resulting in rapid water level increases.

Residents can report ice jams by calling 1-888-561-4034.

Safety information

  • Individuals living or working in areas prone to flooding should remain aware and take proper precautions to safeguard their homes and possessions.
  • A change in weather conditions could lead to localized flooding in areas where drainage systems are blocked by ice and snow.
  • As ice on the river continues to deteriorate, it may become unsafe to cross waterways on foot, snowmobiles and ATVs.
  • Residents are reminded to review their personal flood plan and have an emergency kit on hand.

Information is available on the 24/7 emergency updates website.