FREDERICTON (GNB) – Following the latest rainfall, water levels on the St. John River are forecast to increase in the coming days. Water levels at Fredericton, Maugerville, and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner are expected to approach flood stage in the next two days. Water levels at Jemseg are expected to exceed flood stage.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has revised the total amount of precipitation forecast for today: 20 mm of rain in the upper St. John River basin; 25 mm in the lower St. John River basin; and 40 mm in the Charlotte County area.

In addition to the precipitation, snow currently on the ground in the upper part of the Saint John River basin can contribute to increasing the water levels, especially with the anticipated rise in temperatures at or above 20 degrees, which will accelerate the melting process. Water equivalents of the snowpack are somewhat varied, but recent estimates suggest areas with as much as 100 mm still available within the upper portion of the basin.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization continues to monitor the situation closely. It also advises residents living near waterways to remain vigilant as situations 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:

  • Wildlife such as moose have been seen on roads as they seek higher ground because their natural territories are covered by water.
  • Banks of waterways 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 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.

Information related to flood issues, including 24/7 emergency updates, is available online.