April 12, 2010 — Water levels continue to rise along the St. John River in New Brunswick.
It's something people living along New Brunswick's St. John River are used to seeing in the spring; but this year, the worst is still to come in some places.
Water levels have risen in recent weeks, thanks to a stretch of mild weather and melting ice. The province also got a good shot of rain this weekend.
According to River Watch, a provincial government organization, flood stage in the Jemseg area has been exceeded at 4.37 metres and will continue its rise to 4.4 metres on Tuesday.
Residents are advised to know the risks, make a plan, and prepare an emergency kit. Drivers are being warned that rising water levels could force wildlife to seek higher ground on roads and highways
Water levels are expected to start to decline over the next 48 hours though as a drier forecast is in store. The next report from River Watch will be issued on Tuesday.
Anyone who lives along the St. John River and its tributaries has likely become familiar with some minor flooding during the spring, but there has been some serious flooding in the last few years. One of the most devastating seasons was the spring of 2008. Hundreds of residents were forced from their homes, and damages topped 24 million dollars.
Still, this flood season has been calm so far, partly thanks to less-than-normal amounts of snow this past winter. Weather Network meteorologist Mark Robinson says there's also good news in the forecast.
“Things are starting to clear up and will be nice and dry for the next little while,' he says. 'We'll see a little bit of rain on Thursday, but then there's nothing really significant until the weekend. So this is an ideal forecast for the St. John River.”
For more details on what kind of weather conditions you can expect in Atlantic Canada this weekend, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.