The Spring thaw is just around the corner now, and Monday marks the official start of 2014 River Watch in New Brunswick.

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The River Watch program is a joint effort between the Department of Environment and Local Government and the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. Other partners include NB Power and federal, provincial and state agencies involved in monitoring and forecasting the water flow in the province's rivers and streams.

This year observers will have improved methods of monitoring and reporting river flow conditions. Observers will be equipped with laptops that will allow them to upload information more quickly on ice jams and river conditions.

Public Safety Minister Bruce Northrup says all residents near rivers, streams and tributaries need to have a plan and an emergency kit prepared for up to 72 hours.

During the New Brunswick flooding season, its important to avoid banks of waterways as they become dangerous and report ice jams or rising water to Emergency measures toll free at 1-800-561-4034.

For more information on 2014 New Brunswick River Watch, Click Here.

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