FREDERICTON (GNB) – Drivers in the Maugerville area should be cautious as sections of road from Bluebird Corner to Jemseg are covered by water. As a result, speed limits have been reduced to 50 kilometres per hour.

Drivers should obey road signs indicating the presence of water and the changes in speed limits. When possible, drivers should 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.

A list of the latest road closures is available online.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting prolonged periods of rain throughout the St. John River basin beginning Friday night. Heavy rain is likely to fall in many parts of the province from Friday night through Sunday, especially over southern regions. Total rainfall amounts could exceed 50 mm, with a possibility of more than 100 mm in the Fundy region. Light rain is expected to continue on Monday.

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

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:

  • Watch for wildlife on roads. Some animals are seeking higher ground as their natural territories are covered by water.
  • 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.