FREDERICTON (GNB) – As water levels remain above flood stage in several locations along the lower St. John River basin, residents are advised to stay off rivers and away from the banks of rivers, streams and tributaries.

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

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

Some roads are still affected by high water levels along the lower part of the St. John River basin. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to monitor the situation and will reopen roads when they are considered safe.

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.

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.
  • Be aware that wildlife poses a hazard to motorists as animals migrate to higher ground.
  • 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 Environment and Climate Change Canada, 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.