FREDERICTON (GNB) – As significant rain continues to fall over New Brunswick today, residents are strongly advised to stay off rivers and away from the banks of rivers, streams and tributaries.

Waterways are extremely dangerous at this time as water levels are high, fast, cold and could be carrying debris. The banks of waterways are also unstable at this time and anyone who gets too close is at risk of being swept away.

As of 11:30 Saturday morning, minor flooding with no major impacts has been reported to New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO). However, residents living near the St. John River and tributaries should remain on alert as water levels are near or above flood stage in many regions and are expected to rise.

NBEMO is closely monitoring all regions and are prepared to coordinate emergency response if necessary. First responders are also alert to the situation and are ready to respond quickly.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting additional significant rainfall Saturday and some regions are expected to receive in excess of 100 millimetres of rain before a break in the rain occurs Sunday. Additional rainfall is expected on Monday which has potential to exacerbate any flooding issues.

Any residents who are prone to basement flooding are reminded to protect their belongings by moving them to higher ground. Residents should also avoid going into flooded basements where water is at risk of coming into contact with electrical systems. Should flood water come close to electrical systems, residents are advised to contact NB Power.

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS

The rainfall will make driving conditions hazardous. Motorists should adjust to driving conditions:

•               Visibility can be severely reduced during downpours; reduce your speed.

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

•               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.

•               Watch the roads for standing water, which could cause hydroplaning.

•               Be on the lookout for washed-out road shoulders and culverts.

•               Obey signs posted on roads indicating the presence of water and the changes in speed limits.  

•               If you see debris on the roads, or damaged culverts, report it to your local authorities or police.

A list of the latest road closures is available online.

New Brunswickers should continue to monitor conditions and local forecasts.  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.