With heavy rain and snow expected across the province over the next 24 hours, New Brunswick’s River Watch 2016 issued an ice movement watch/water level bulletin on Monday.


Environment Canada is forecasting significant precipitation across the province beginning this evening and continuing into Tuesday.

Temperatures and rainfall are conducive to melting the snow pack and ice covers in all regions, officials say. Water levels and flows are forecast to rise during the next 48 hours. Ice may be moving along the Saint John River and other river systems. There is potential for ice jams and associated flooding.

Ice jams may form as conditions are conducive to ice break-up and movement. Current ice jams include:

  • Aroostook River: between Tinker, New Brunswick and Masardis, Maine
  • Nashwaak River: between Stanley and Cross Creek about two kilometres in length
  • Saint John River: between Grand Falls to Nine Mile
  • Southwest Miramichi River: Bloomfield Ridge at Norrad Bridge, extending 3.8 kilometres upstream

This is a continuously changing situation, and River watch officials ask residents to be on the alert for ice movement and rising water levels.

Officials will monitor water levels throughout the province and will provide regular updates to the River Watch website and on Twitter. A recorded message is also available at 1-888-561-4048. Information about traffic advisories and flooded roads is available online.

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