FREDERICTON (GNB) – Several roads in the Lakeville Corner and Jemseg areas have been closed because of high water levels in the St. John River. A list of the latest closures is available online.

Drivers should obey road signs 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 are covered by water. Police have reported moose on roads in these areas, and drivers should be cautious.

‎Water levels on the St. John River will remain high without major increases for the coming days.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 20 mm of mixed rain and snow on Friday night, but this should not have a major impact on the water levels.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization continues to advise residents living near waterways 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.