FREDERICTON (GNB) – Water levels all along the St. John River basin should remain high through the weekend.

In the northern area of the province, water levels remain high, with snow melt being a significant contributing factor. In the southern area, the rain of recent days will contribute to keeping water levels high, near or above flood stage from Fredericton through to Jemseg.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 5-10 mm of rain today throughout most of the basin with dry conditions currently forecast for the rest of the weekend. More rain is expected at the beginning of next week.

Residents living near waterways are asked to remain vigilant as situations can change quickly. The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is on standby to monitor any potential risks for dwellings and/or infrastructure that could become affected.

Road safety and closures

One road has been closed at Medford, between Tobique First Nation and Drummond, due to bank erosion caused by high water levels in the Saint John River. A list of the latest closures is available online.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling along the river as water levels continue to rise. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates to the public as new information becomes available.

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.

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.

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