FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Emergency Measures Organization is advising New Brunswickers in Charlotte County and Grand-Manan to prepare their properties for heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is expecting up to 50 mm of rain in the St. Croix River basin from Sunday to Monday afternoon. The lower part of the St. John River basin is expected to receive up to 35 mm of rain, while the upper part is expected to receive between 10 and 20 mm of rain.

Residents should take appropriate action to protect their properties by clearing drains and securing items which may be prone to damage from wind and rain.

While water levels are expected to increase on the St. John River basin in the coming days, they should remain below flood stage in most areas, except for Jemseg and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner areas where they should remain above flood stage.

Residents should remain cautious along waterways as the banks are unstable and anyone who gets too close is at risk of being swept away.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is monitoring potential risks to dwellings or infrastructure.

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

The following reminders are issued for motorists:

  • Visibility can be severely reduced during downpours; reduce your speed.
  • Watch for wildlife on roads. Some animals are seeking higher ground as their natural territories are covered by water.
  • Watch the roads for standing water, which could cause hydroplaning.
  • Be on the lookout for washed-out road shoulders and culverts.
  • If you see debris on the roads, or damaged culverts, report it to your local authorities or police.

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 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 the spring freshet.

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.