N.B. Flood Season Comes To An End

The warmer summer months mean an end to New Brunswick’s annual River Watch Program.

Government says water levels in all areas along the Wolastoq (Saint John River) basin continue to decrease and return to normal.

“Even during years when there is little flooding, the River Watch team keeps a close eye on waterways,” said Public Safety Minister Bill Hogan in a news release. “Thanks to all our partners for their hard work.”

This year’s program began in early March to provide residents with information on river status and the potential for ice jams and flooding. The program is a joint effort involving the Department of Environment and Local Government, NB Power, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization and Environment Canada, among other groups.

Still, despite the smooth season, New Brunswick EMO Director Greg MacCallum says residents should not be lulled into a “false sense of security.”

“Disaster can strike at any time of year, and every household should have an emergency plan and a 72-hour preparedness kit,” said MacCallum.

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