FREDERICTON (GNB) – Due to the recent mild temperatures and rain in the forecast, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents there is a risk of ice movement and ice jams over the next 48 hours. People living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers should remain on alert.

Up to 50 mm of rain is forecast in parts of the province. The rain is expected to begin this afternoon and continue into the night, before changing to freezing rain and ice pellets and to snow in some regions. The frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb this rainfall combined with melting snow. Residents are advised to monitor local forecasts.

Increasing flows and water levels are expected over the next 48 hours. River Watch officials continue to closely monitor the situation.

Residents can report ice jams and localized flooding at any time by calling 1-800-561-4034.

During the River Watch season, New Brunswickers are advised 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 carry debris;
  • be aware that, as ice continues to deteriorate, it will become unsafe to cross waterways on foot, in cars, or on snowmobiles or ATVs;
  • call the River Watch toll-free number, 1-888-561-4048, to receive the latest recorded water levels, forecasts and public advisories;
  • call 511 for road closures and conditions or check online;
  • 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; and
  • report significant ice jams or rising water. If you need advice, contact the Emergency Measures Organization at 1-800-561-4034.

Weather warnings are also available online.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization co-ordinates preparedness for emergencies. It also co-ordinates provincial response and recovery operations during emergencies and administers disaster financial assistance programs.