FREDERICTON (GNB) – With additional rainfall expected, water levels on the St. John River should remain high but steady for the rest of the week.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting an average of 10 mm of rain per day until Friday morning.

Several roads remain impacted by water levels in the lower part of the St. John River basin, however the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure has reopened others that were closed over the weekend.

A list of the latest road closures is available online.

Driving on roads covered by water represents a serious safety risk. Roads may appear passable, but water may be deeper than it looks, and there may be a washout, damage to the road, or hidden debris.

People living near waterways should remain vigilant, as situations can change quickly. The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is monitoring potential risks to dwellings and infrastructure.

For recorded River Watch water levels, people may call 1-888-561-4048. Residents can report issues related to increased water levels or flooding at any time by calling 1-800-561-4034. Anyone in an emergency situation should contact 911.

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.