FREDERICTON (GNB) – The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises drivers to avoid any roads covered by water, as it represents a serious safety risk. Water may be deeper than it appears, and may conceal sinkholes or other damage and debris.

Several roads remain impacted by high water levels along the St. John River basin, particularly between Fredericton and Jemseg. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to monitor the situation carefully. 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.

A list of the current road closures is available online.

Water levels throughout the St. John River basin should remain high but steady for the rest of the week. In several areas, water levels are near or above flood stage.  

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting up to 30 mm of rain in the upper part of the St. John River basin today, and up to 15 mm in the lower part of the basin.

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.