Ice Jams Cause Overflowing Rivers in NB

18 04 2014

N.B. floods prompt rescue after car swept away in current

Ice jams continue to cause flooding in N.B. river systems, P.E.I. residents clean up

CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2014 2:35 PM AT Last Updated: Apr 18, 2014 2:35 PM AT

Three ice jams in Doaktown, N.B., that river watchers are keeping an eye on have the potential to cause further flooding problems if the massive amounts of ice come together blocking the flow.

Three ice jams in Doaktown, N.B., that river watchers are keeping an eye on have the potential to cause further flooding problems if the massive amounts of ice come together blocking the flow. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

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Rising water levels across parts of flood-ravaged New Brunswick continue to cause problems during the spring melt, as people in P.E.I. also deal with their own water woes.

On Thursday night, two women who got too close to the rising waters had to be rescued after their car went into the St. John River near Oromocto, N.B.

Jody Price, Oromocto’s fire chief, credits a quick-thinking 911 operator with saving the women.

River Watch

Flood warnings persist across much of New Brunswick. (River Watch N.B.)

 

“[The operator], very quickly, got bits and pieces of the conversation they had. ‘The Oromocto wharf. Car. People in it. Sinking,’ and then the phone went dead. The dispatcher dispatched ourselves, RCMP Oromocto and Ambulance New Brunswick,” he said.

Luckily the women were able to get off the sinking vehicle and swim to shore. The two were treated for hypothermia and taken to hospital. Strong currents prevented rescue officials from getting the car out of the river.

Heavy rains and warmer temperatures caused a rapid rise in water levels across New Brunswick and P.E.I. and ice jams due to snow-pack melting and ice-cover deterioration in several river systems.

Ice jams moving downstream

Three ice jams in Doaktown, N.B., that river watchers are keeping an eye on have the potential to cause further flooding problems if the massive amounts of ice come together blocking the flow.

sussex flooding

Many people in Sussex, N.B., spent Good Friday carting flood-damaged items to the curb. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)

Doaktown and Perth-Andover remain under a voluntary evacuation order with people going door to door in the low-lying floodplain areas advising people about the water levels.

Officials hope ice and water coming downstream from the Grand Falls area don’t cause more problems.

The provincial service River Watch is warning those already hit by floods not to let their guard down yet as conditions could get worse.

In Sussex — one of the areas hardest hit by flooding — residents continue to pump water out of their basements. On McLean Street, nearly every home had a pile of drenched and muddy furniture and home items Friday.

Health and safety teams were inspecting homes that had been evacuated in the Sussex area to determine if they are safe for residents to return.

Parts of P.E.I. see worst floods in years

In the Maugerville area, waters levels are starting to stabilize, but there’s still a fair amount of water on the roads, so roadblocks remain up.

Near Sheffield, Lakeville Corner, Jemseg and Grand Lake areas, there has been some rise in the waters.

Route 690 is now covered with water and has been closed to traffic.

In Alberton, P.E.I., people are clearing out flooded basements and at least one road in the community is covered in water. People in the Alberton area say it’s the worst flooding they’ve ever seen.

However, the situation is a big improvement from Wednesday. The province was forced to close roads across P.E.I. due to dangerous flood conditions.

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