FREDERICTON (GNB) – The precipitation forecast for the coming days is not expected to have a major impact on the water levels on the lower part of the St. John River. The water levels will remain high, at or near flood stage, without any major increases.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting between 5 mm and 10 mm of rain all along the St. John River basin, with another 20 mm of mixed rain and snow for Friday night.

Throughout the lower part of the St. John River, water levels should stay steady, above or near flood stage, for most of the week.

Only a few roads have been affected so far by the water. Route 690 in Lakeville Corner is closed and other secondary roads may be partially covered by water. Drivers should obey signs posted on roads indicating the presence of water or potential washouts. They should also keep in mind that wildlife might be seeking higher ground as their natural territories could be covered by water.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization continues to advise residents living near water ways to remain vigilant as water levels can change quickly.

Residents can report issues related to increased water levels or flooding at any time at 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.