FREDERICTON (GNB) – Water levels on the St. John River basin are slowly starting to decrease and are expected to continue to do so over the coming days. Water levels are expected to drop below flood stage in Fredericton and Maugerville tomorrow.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting less than 5 mm of rain within the next 24 hours.

In other areas such as Jemseg, Grand Lake and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, water levels are expected to remain above flood stage for at least the remainder of the week.

Several roads have been reopened between Fredericton and Gagetown. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure continues to monitor the situation and will reopen other roads as soon as they are considered safe.

A list of the latest road closures is available online.

Residents are strongly advised to stay off rivers and away from the banks of rivers, streams and tributaries. Waterways are extremely dangerous at this time as the water is high, fast, cold and could be carrying debris. The banks of waterways are also unstable at this time 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.

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:

  • 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.
  • Be aware that wildlife poses 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.