The St. John River (headpond) above the Mactaquac Dam. (the dam is on the left)
It's spring runoff and flood season here in New Brunswick.
The St. John River flows from northern Maine down through
New Brunswick into the Bay of Fundy at Saint John.
All the snow melts gradually and sometimes, as in
the past week, very quickly filling up the brooks, streams
and smaller rivers that flow into the St. John River.
As with any spring melt there can be flooding. The river
was frozen over and the force of the water pushed the ice
into ice dams that forced against islands, land, bridges etc.
blocking the flow of water. The water then backs up and
floods low lying areas.
That is what has happened in the
small village of Perth-Andover which is about a 2 hour drive
up river from here. The main street area of both sides of this
village is under water. A state of emergency has been declared
in this village as basic services have been cut off. Homes,
businesses, the funeral home, and the hospital have been flooded.
It's a sad situation for hundreds. Please pray for those affected.
The Mactaquac Hydro Electric Dam
This dam controls the flow of water from the upper basin
of the St. John River. When the spring runoff occurs, some
of the gates are opened to relieve the water pressure on the dam.
Water pours through the gates.
This is quite a sight to see. Tons of water forcing through
the spillways of the dam. There are 3 gates opened on this
part of the dam.
This is farm land below the dam. The water came within 2 feet of the road then receded.
Thankfully, the weather has turned cooler and the water has receded. Most of the snow is gone. After a week of above
seasonal temperatures in the low to high 20's (70'sF) we
are back to normal cooler spring weather.
There were a few visitors in the back field last week.
I watched 7 deer just after sunrise as they fed on the green
sprouts pushing through the dead grass behind our property.
These two posed for me.
That snow is gone!
How is spring blooming in your area?
I'm seeing lots of pretty flowers and blossoms around blogland.
I hope you have a wonderful week!