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New Brunswick’s 2020 flood season ends without damage experienced in past years

Minor flooding in Fredericton along the St. John River on April 15, 2020. .
Minor flooding in Fredericton along the St. John River on April 15, 2020. . Megan Yamoah/Global News

New Brunswick’s spring flood season has officially come to an end without the major flooding seen in the province over the last couple of years.

After 10 weeks in operation, the River Watch Program for the 2020 season is now over.

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Water levels in all areas along the St. John River basin continue to decrease and are returning to normal levels.

Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart says water flows this year looked nothing like 2018 and 2019, which saw record flooding that destroyed homes and cottages and closed roads and highways.

The annual River Watch Program started March 9 and provided information on the status of rivers and the potential for ice jams and other flood issues.

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N.B. launches river watch program
N.B. launches river watch program

This year saw a gradual decline in water levels with no major ice jams reported.