The Nashwaak River is predicted to stay underneath flood stage for the approaching days, in response to the most recent forecast from New Brunswick’s River Watch program.
On Friday, the province’s Emergency Measures Group mentioned the river might attain flood stage — 21 metres — on Saturday and Sunday.
Geoffrey Downey, spokesperson for River Watch, mentioned Saturday’s up to date forecast is rather more beneficial however mentioned individuals who dwell alongside the river needs to be vigilant.
“5 days is a very long time for a flood forecast, we’re fairly assured over three,” mentioned Downey who advises that ice jams can nonetheless be an issue — and so they’re not predictable.
“The water goes to maintain transferring whether or not there’s an ice jam or not, and if there’s an ice jam it means it goes round it, and that is how you find yourself with flooding that you simply actually could not predict or rely on,” Downey mentioned.
There have been two ice jams since Friday alongside the Nashwaak River that triggered a spike in water ranges, however neither reached flood degree. Each have been resolved rapidly.
However that is the kind of exercise that is worrisome to Downey.
“Everybody must be paying shut consideration proper now.”
He mentioned the circumstances have been beneficial thus far this 12 months up till this weekend, and mentioned there have been no studies of flooding alongside the St. John River.
Begin of flood season
“In the event you have a look at the gauge for Fredericton, for instance, we’re properly beneath flood stage and can stay beneath flood stage for at the very least the following 5 days, it seems to be like.”
Downey mentioned though the forecast is promising for the approaching days, he cautions that that is the start of the flood season.
He mentioned folks have to be “ready” and “conscious.”