Parlee Beach, NB, 30 April 2017 (Dearing)
I was grateful to soak up some sunshine this evening since clouds and rain are expected this weekend in New Brunswick.
Environment Canada says a low pressure system from the Great Lakes will bring a prolonged period of rain to the province.
Highest amounts could fall in the southwest with up to 100 mm and possibly 50 mm for Greater Moncton.
The emergency measures organization is warning residents living near the St. John River and its tributaries to be on alert for flooding.
Ice jam on Middle River causes flooding, 16 April 2016 (NB-EMO)
Emergency measures officials with River Watch in New Brunswick are closely monitoring the St. John River and say the only area currently above flood stage is near Jemseg.
Even with rain being forecasted by Environment Canada, water levels are expected to remain below flood stage for the rest of the week.
So far this spring, it has been relatively quiet along flood-prone areas of the St. John River system.
Along the Middle River, south of Bathurst, an ice jam created localized flooding and forced a road closure but water levels are receding.
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.
St. John River at Perth-Andover, NB, 19 April 2015 (Twitter)
A mandatory evacuation order was lifted in Perth-Andover today after water levels dropped on the St. John River.
More than 300 residents were told to leave over the weekend after an ice jam raised fears of flooding and the Red Cross had to set up an emergency shelter.
Officials will be keeping a close eye on the river for the next few days especially with rain in the forecast.
Flooding in Perth-Andover, NB, 25 March 2012 (CP Photo)
Flood waters have receded in Perth-Andover (pop. 1800) leaving behind a mess of mud and ice chunks in this village along the St. John River.
Inspectors are surveying the damage and are determining which homes and businesses are safe.
Some of the 500 residents forced to evacuate last week are being allowed to return.
This isn’t the first time a flood has impacted Perth-Andover, but provincial officials estimate water levels in this flood were at least a metre higher than in the past.
The flood is estimated to have caused $25 million in damage.
Floodwaters at Perth-Andover, NB, 23 March 2012 (GNB)
The record-breaking warmth and rapid snowmelt has contributed to flooding along the banks of the St. John River this weekend.
The community of Perth-Andover (pop. 1800) and Tobique First Nation have been hardest hit where ice jams and water have caused severe flooding with about 500 forced to evacuate.
New Brunswick Premier David Alward announced a recovery program for affected residents in Perth-Andover today when he toured the area.
Residents are asked tocall 1-888-298-8555 to report damage and register for disaster financial assistance.