FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following advisory was issued today by NB Emergency Measures Organization, River Watch 2018:

Over the next 48 hours Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting sun and above-normal temperatures, with daytime highs of 15-20 C and nighttime lows of zero to -1 C.

Water levels in rivers are increasing throughout the province from continuous snow melt and are expected to continue to increase over the next 48 hours.

The following areas will be at Advisory Stage:

  • Saint-Hilaire;
  • Jemseg;
  • Grand Lake;
  • Sheffield-Lakeville Corner;
  • Oak Point; and
  • Quispamsis-Saint John.

Advisories are issued when conditions are expected to remain below the criteria for warning, but may cause inconvenience or minor disruptions to normal activities.

People living or working in areas prone to localized flooding are reminded to be aware and take the proper precautions to safeguard their homes and possessions.

River Watch officials continue to monitor the situation closely.

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

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 crossing the ice with recreational vehicles;
  • 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;
  • report ice jams or issues related to rising water at 1-800-561-4034; and

The River Watch program is a joint effort involving the Department of Environment and Local Government, New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Justice and 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.

The next update will be released on Tuesday, April 24.