Fredericton (April 24, 2009) - City of Fredericton officials are monitoring the level of the St. John River to see what impact high water is expected to have on the municipality this weekend.
Figures provided by the NB Emergency Measures Organization indicate that river levels are expected to reach 6.7 metres by Sunday, April 26. Fredericton floods at the 6.5 metre level, which impacts low lying areas of the city. The projected water level is a full metre below the 8.3 flood levels of May 2008.
While homes in the Lower St. Mary's and Lincoln areas of the City are expected to be affected, impact on the City's transportation network is expected to be minimal. City officials are asking that the public refrain from boating on the river, and be careful along the water's edge. High water carries along with it debris, the current is strong, and it is certainly not clean for contact with humans or family pets.
Officials from the City of Fredericton's Emergency Measures Organization have met to discuss water levels and will continue to be in contact with provincial EMO officials throughout the weekend. The City's emergency operations centre will be on stand by during the weekend, as will senior EMO officials. City Council will be kept advised of the situation.
Members of the public with questions about high water should call the City of Fredericton's Flood Information Line at 460-2996. The public may also visit the River Watch link on the City of Fredericton web site at www.fredericton.ca. Maps of the flooding in Fredericton can be found on the site, as well as links to the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, where the public will find information about water levels and what to do in the event of a flood.
Media Contacts: Cst. Ralph Currie, 506-460-2431 / 460-2300 or Wayne Knorr, 460-2181