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Assessing spring flood potential in New Brunswick


Risk of flooding increases as snow begins to melt
Risk of flooding increases as snow begins to melt

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 21, 2011 — Heavy snow across the Maritimes this winter has emergency officials on high alert for the spring season.

Miramichi is one area prone to flooding
Miramichi is one area prone to flooding

Winter storms have been relentless across the Maritimes this year and some parts of New Brunswick have felt the greatest affects.

Record snow levels have been reported in Moncton, putting a strain on the city's annual snow removal budget and raising safety concerns such as the dangerous height of snowbanks. And as storms continue to pummel the region, it has emergency officials on high alert for the spring season.

While more snow doesn't necessarily mean more flooding, the province isn't willing to take any chances. Karl Wilmot is the public safety officer for New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization (EMO). He suggests that residents in flood-prone areas take the necessary precautions like keeping a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit packed and ready to go just in case.

Wilmot says a spring flood depends on the type of weather the season brings. A gradual snow melt would be the ideal scenario, but a sudden rise in temperatures can lead to dangerous flood levels in low-lying areas.

Officials will continue to monitor the situation as things begin to warm up and plan to take preventative action to avoid any significant damage.

To stay up-to-date on the weather in your area, head to our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV where the local forecast comes up every 10 minutes on the 10's.

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