FREDERICTON (GNB) – After a week above or near flood stage, water levels on the St. John River, in the Fredericton area, will continue to decrease gradually in the coming days. The precipitation forecast for tonight should not have a significant impact on the water levels.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 10 cm of snow tonight which represents about 20 mm of water equivalent.

Route 690 in Lakeville Corner will be reopened at 1 p.m. today. Drivers should continue to be cautious. Wildlife, such as moose, have been seen on the road. They are seeking higher ground because their natural territories are covered by water. A list of the latest road closures is available online.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization continues to monitor the situation closely. It also advises residents living near water ways to remain vigilant as the situation can change quickly.

Residents can report 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.

Unless special circumstances or emergencies develop, the next public advisory will be issued on Monday.

The River Watch program is in effect to provide New Brunswickers with information on the status of rivers and 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.