FREDERICTON (GNB) – As water levels in the St. John River basin slowly decrease, residents impacted by flooding are beginning the clean-up process.

Water levels have dropped below flood stage in Fredericton and Maugerville, but residents should keep in mind that the situation can change quickly based upon the weather. No major weather systems are forecast for the next 48 hours.

In Jemseg, Grand Lake and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, water levels are expected to remain above flood stage for at least the remainder of the week.

Advice for flooded basements

People are advised to be cautious when pumping water out of their basements. Pumping it out too soon could cause structural damage or collapse the basement. As a safety precaution, basement water levels should not be more than 30 cm (one foot) lower than the outside water level.

The following links provide information useful to residents impacted by flooding:

Well testing kits are available at Service New Brunswick offices free of charge for residents impacted by flooding.

Roads

Several roads have been reopened between Fredericton and Gagetown. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to monitor the situation and will reopen other roads as soon they are considered safe.

A list of the latest road closures is available online.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is monitoring potential risks to dwellings or 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 call 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 continues to pose 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 and other flood issues across the province during spring freshnet.

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.