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

With above-normal temperatures and the melting of snow in northern regions of the province, several areas along the St. John River are at risk to reach flood stage in the coming days. These areas include:

  • Saint-François
  • Clair/Fort Kent
  • Saint-Hilaire
  • Fredericton
  • Nashwaak River
  • Maugerville
  • Jemseg
  • Grand Lake
  • Sheffield/Lakeville Corner
  • Oak Point
  • Quispamsis/Saint John

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, are available online.