FREDERICTON (GNB) – As water levels rise close to flood stage in a number of areas along the St. John River basin, the only incident reported is an ice jam in Saint-Léonard which was holding up to 2.5 metres of water.

The ice jam created limited damages as only one flooded basement has been reported. However, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents in that area to remain on alert during the weekend as the situation can change quickly.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting more rain on Sunday and Monday: about 25 mm in the northern region and 10 mm to 20 mm in the southern part of the St. John region basin. Next week should have cooler temperatures, slowing down the melting of ice and snow in the upper St. John River basin.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, flood stage should not be exceeded within the St. John River basin during the Easter weekend.

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

The next public advisory will be published on Sunday morning.

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.