Public Advisories & Alerts
* Public Alert - River Watch
Water levels in St. John River basin slowly returning to normal15 May 2017
FREDERICTON (GNB) – By tomorrow, water levels in all areas along the St. John River basin should decrease to below flood stage and will continue to decrease in the coming days. The last location above flood stage is Jemseg.
Residents should remain cautious along waterways 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.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is not forecasting significant rainfall in the coming days.
Most of the roads impacted by the spring freshet have been reopened.
A list of the latest road closures is available online.
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:
- After a Flood (Public Health advice)
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.
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 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.15-05-17