FREDERICTON (GNB) – As water levels approach flood stage in several areas of the St. John River basin, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents living or working along streams, tributaries and rivers to remain on alert. The risk of localized flooding, ice cover movement and ice jams remain high.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting cooler temperatures over the coming days, except for Saturday where they are forecast to reach 15 C.  Between 10mm and 15mm of rain is still expected today in most areas of the St. John River basin. Another weather system should bring about 15 mm of rain on Easter Sunday through to Monday.

River Watch officials are still closely monitoring a moving ice accumulation in the Saint-Léonard area. People who live near the river should remain on alert for a rapid increase in water levels in case of a major ice jam.

Despite the fact that flows and water levels continue to increase gradually, no flood stage is forecast within the St. John River basin in the coming days. No major jams are impacting the basin at this time.

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

New Brunswickers are reminded 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;
  • 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;
  • report ice jams or rising water. If you need advice, contact the Emergency Measures Organization at 1-800-561-4034; and
  • read helpful tips, the latest forecasts and public advisories by visiting the River Watch website, or by following the Emergency Measures Organization on Twitter and Facebook.

The River Watch program is in effect to provide New Brunswickers with information on the status of rivers, potential risks of ice jams, and other flood issues across the province over the coming weeks.

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

Updates on information related to the potential for flooding or ice jams, including 24/7 emergency updates, is available online.