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

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.

Water levels on the St. John River basin will continue to slowly decrease throughout the weekend.

Water levels are below flood stage in most areas, except for Jemseg, Grand Lake, Sheffield-Lakeville Corner and Quispamsis-Saint John areas where it is expected to remain above flood stage for the coming days.

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.

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:

  • 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.