FREDERICTON (GNB) – Water levels on the lower part of the St. John River will remain high for the coming days but are expected to remain steady with no major increases forecast.

From Fredericton to Jemseg, water levels should stay above or near the flood stage for most of the week. Further down the St. John River basin, residents should expect water levels to remain below or near flood stage.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting precipitation for later this week, with 5-10 mm of rain throughout the St. John River basin on Thursday and another 20 mm expected Friday night.   

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises residents living near waterways to remain vigilant as situations can 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:

  • 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;
  • wildlife might be seeking higher ground as their natural territories are covered by water;
  • 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.