FREDERICTON (GNB) – Water levels on the St. John River in the Fredericton area should remain steady in the next 48 hours to decrease gradually in the following days. 

All along the lower part of the St. John River basin, water levels will increase to near flood stage, then decrease in the following days as water moves down to the Bay of Fundy. The only exception is Jemseg which will remain just above flood stage for the forecast period.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 10-20 mm of rain on Sunday and Monday across the entire St. John River basin which should not have a significant impact on the water levels in most areas.

There are no longer ice jam threats on the upper parts of the St. John River basin.  However, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization still advises residents living near water ways to remain vigilant as situations can always change quickly.

In the Bathurst region, an ice jam near the Middle River resulted in localized flooding on Saturday, which affected some houses on the Mathilda Road, near the Middle River Road.  About 30 cm of water on the road made it unsafe for small vehicles to travel. Only one home was evacuated as other residents preferred to stay in their home. The situation seems to be improving today as the water level is gradually decreasing.

Residents can report any issues related to increased water levels or flooding at any time by calling 1-800-561-4034.

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;
  • 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, potential risks of ice jams, and other flood issues across the province over the coming weeks.

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 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.

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