FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following advisory was issued today by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, River Watch 2019:

Water levels along the St. John River are expected to rise over the coming days. Several areas along the river have passed or will reach flood stage in the forecast period, including:

  • Saint-François
  • Clair / Fort Kent
  • Baker-Brook
  • Saint-Hilaire
  • Edmundston
  • Iroquois
  • Sainte-Anne de Madawaska
  • Saint-Léonard
  • Fredericton
  • Maugerville
  • Jemseg
  • Grand Lake
  • Sheffield / Lakeville Corner
  • Oak Point
  • Quispamsis / Saint John

Flood level five-day forecasts are available online for the Upper St. John River and the lower part of the St. John River.

Premier Blaine Higgs commended those working to prepare for significant flooding and urged people to be ready.

“The extended forecast is providing everyone with time to prepare,” said Higgs. “New Brunswickers should use that time to prepare and to stay informed. If you are in a position to check in on a neighbour and even offer them assistance, please do so.”

Road closures

Flood waters are expected to cause road closures in the province. A list of the latest road closures is available online.

Drivers are advised to avoid any roads covered by water, as it represents a serious safety risk. Water may be deeper than it appears and may conceal sinkholes or other damage and debris.

Follow road closure notices and do not move or drive around barricades. Drivers are also asked to obey changes to speed limits and to watch for wildlife on roads. Some animals will be seeking higher ground as their natural territories are covered by water. The presence of wildlife on roads should be reported to local authorities.

Call 511 for road closures and conditions or check online. NB 511 also has a new mobile application that allows users to set specific roads to receive alerts, such as road closures.

Information to residents

People living near rivers are advised to remain on alert over the coming days as water levels will be near or above flood stage in many regions.

Residents can report any issues related to increased water levels or flooding at any time by calling 1-800-561-4034. In case of emergency, call 911.

New Brunswickers are reminded to:

  • Consider moving belongings to higher ground if their property is near a waterway or is in an area that is prone to flooding.
  • Avoid the banks of waterways as they become dangerous this time of year.
  • Avoid boating, kayaking or other water activities this time of year as currents are strong and may carry debris. As well, people should stay away from the edge of the river while walking.

Sand and sandbags are available at locations across the province for residents who require them. An updated list of locations that have sand and sandbags is available online.

If residents are concerned about water making contact with their electrical equipment, they are urged to contact NB Power at 1-800-663-6272.

The River Watch program is a joint effort involving the Department of Environment and Local Government, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Public Safety and NB Power. Other partners include watershed groups, and federal, provincial and state agencies involved in monitoring and forecasting the water flow in the province's rivers and streams.

Updates on information related to the potential for flooding or ice jams, including 24/7 emergency updates, is available online.