FREDERICTON (GNB) – The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization advises people living near the St. John River and its tributaries to remain on alert in the coming days as water levels are near or above flood stage in many regions.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting more rain this weekend as well as for next week. However, no rain is expected for the next two days which should provide relief to the St. John River basin and allow the water levels to decrease somewhat before the next rainfall.

In the Edmundston area, residents of Saint-Jacques have been advised to move valuable belongings from basements to higher levels in their home as water levels on the Madawaska River have increased. Some basement flooding has been reported.

In the Fredericton area, some roads are still affected by the water levels along the St. John River basin. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to monitor the situation carefully. Drivers should obey signs posted on roads indicating the presence of water or potential washouts. They should also keep in mind that wildlife are also seeking higher ground as their natural territory is covered by water.

A list of the latest road closures is available online.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is monitoring potential risks to dwellings or infrastructure.

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 any roads covered by water as it represents a serious safety risk. Water may be deeper than it appears, and may conceal sink holes or other damage and debris.
  • 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.

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