FREDERICTON (GNB) – Water levels on the St. John River in the Fredericton area peaked above flood stage on Friday and should start to decrease in the coming days.  The same situation is forecast to occur all along the lower part of the St. John River basin as water moves down the Bay of Fundy.

There is no longer an ice jam threat on the upper parts of the St. John River basin. The last accumulation of moving ice from previous ice jams in Saint-Leonard and Beechwood flowed towards Woodstock yesterday afternoon.  The flow of water did not bring any municipalities in the area to flood stage.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 10-20 mm of rain on Sunday and Monday all along the St. John River basin which should not have a significant impact on the water levels in most areas. 

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents living near water ways to remain vigilant as situations can always change quickly.

Residents can report any issues related to increased water levels or flooding at any time by calling 1-800-561-4034.

New Brunswickers are reminded to:

  • 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;
  • 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.