N.B. launches annual River Watch program

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Irishtown Park pond, 13 March 2016 (Dearing)


Public safety officials in New Brunswick officially launched the annual River Watch program today which monitors and forecasts water flow in the province’s rivers and streams.

The snowpack is much lower this year compared to previous years – especially the record level of 2015.

Officials say the snowpack throughout the St. John River basin is about 57 percent below normal.

The weather is the most crucial factor in rising waters and possible flooding and forecasters say warm days and cold nights would be the most ideal conditions for a slow, steady melt.

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