Location of forest fire, south of Riverview, NB (Google Maps)
Some much needed rain finally fell over parts of New Brunswick early this morning which helped firefighters who are battling a number of forest fires.
A fire about 3 km south of Riverview town limits is now considered “under control” and officials say the rain helped and ground crews are now focusing on hot spots.
The fire was reported on Saturday morning and was attacked by several water bombers and crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Riverview and Hillsborough.
A total of 15 fires are currently burning across the province which are being described as either “contained”, “under control” or “being patrolled”.
Snow melting in Riverview, 24 Feb 2017 (Dearing)
Mild temperatures have been melting lots of snow in Southeast New Brunswick this week.
Greater Moncton now has about 50 cm on the ground compared to more than 110 cm only a week ago.
The daytime high climbed to 11.5 C at the airport on Friday but a private weather station recorded a maximum of 14.6 C at Jones Lake.
Environment Canada is forecasting the warmth to continue for the next few days with a sudden cold snap expected to arrive later in the week.
Flooding on Pine Glen Road, Riverview, NB, 25 May 2016 (Facebook)
For the first time this spring, a series of thunderstorms rolled across New Brunswick with various watches and warnings issued by Environment Canada.
Greater Moncton received heavy downpours from thundershowers early this afternoon.
In many parts of the city, so much rain fell so quickly that storm drains were inundated with water causing localized flooding.
Riverview seemed hardest hit with flooding reported in Gunningsville, Point Park and West Riverview by mid-afternoon.
UPDATE – Although less than 10 mm of rain fell at Greater Moncton Airport, some backyard observers suggest more than 100 mm fell in parts of Riverview.
Moncton Maple Syrup, 13 March 2015 (Dearing)
Cold nights near -5 C and warm days near +5 C are the perfect ingredients for the sap to flow in the maple trees heralding maple sugar season in New Brunswick.
A trip to the city-owned Moncton Maple Sugar Camp – in the Turtle Creek watershed south of Riverview – proved to be the perfect day to see and taste sap from tree to evaporator to final maple sugar product.
Officials say the season arrived about two weeks earlier than usual and snow cover disappeared in late February which meant today’s maple on a stick was rolled in previously frozen snow instead of a usual snowbank.
Mill Creek spills banks over Route 114 at Riverview town limits, 15 Jan 2014 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton received 30.8 mm of rain yesterday which breaks the previous record of 21 mm from 1992 according to Environment Canada.
As a result of the heavy rain and snowmelt, flooding has become a problem in low lying areas.
Acadie Avenue in Dieppe, a provincial highway carrying more than 24,000 vehicles per day, has been virtually shut down due to flooding although efforts are being made to open at least one lane of traffic.
In Riverview, Hillsborough Road at the town limits has been inundated with water after Mill Creek spilled its banks today leading to a lengthy detour for many motorists.
Route 106 between Memramcook and Dorchester has also been closed due to flooding this week.
The forecast is calling for at least 10 mm of rain in Southeast New Brunswick tomorrow.