Officials monitor three minor ice jams in N.B.

The ice is moving and there have been three minor ice jams reported, but there is no major flood threat in New Brunswick.

Officials with the province's Emergency Measures Organization said Sunday that they're watching three ice jams:

  • on the Tobique River near Arthurette;
  • on the Saint John River near Hartland; and
  • on the Southwest Miramichi River near Doaktown.

EMO said it continues to monitor the situation closely and reminds residents that the risk of localized flooding, ice cover movement and ice jams remains high.

Temperatures are really going to warm up across the region over the next couple of days, which could help raise the water levels with the snow melt.

EMO officials ask people living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers to remain on alert and to:

  • be prepared for possible flooding and have a plan to evacuate and be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours;
  • move belongings to higher ground if their property is near a waterway or is in an area that is prone to flooding; and
  • avoid the banks of waterways as they become dangerous this time of year, the water is cold and currents are swift and could be carrying debris.

Residents can report ice jams and localized flooding at any time by calling 1-800-561-4034.

With files from Bell Media Radio's Deb Smith and Brad Perry