FREDERICTON (GNB) – The combination of rain and snowmelt will keep water levels high but steady for most of the week. In several areas throughout the St. John River basin, water levels are near or above flood stage. No major increase or decrease is expected in the coming days.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 20 to 40 mm of rain before Wednesday morning.  

Several roads remain closed because of high water levels along the St. John River basin, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to monitor the situation. A list of the current road closures is available online.

Drivers should obey road signs indicating the presence of water or potential washouts. They should also keep in mind that animals are seeking higher ground as their natural territories are covered by water.

Residents living near waterways are asked to remain vigilant as situations can change quickly. The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is monitoring potential risks to dwellings or infrastructure.

Residents can report any 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.

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.

Information related to the potential for flooding or ice jams, including 24/7 emergency updates, is available online.