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

With above-normal temperatures, rainfall and the melting of snow in northern regions of the province, several areas along the St. John River will reach or exceed flood stage within 48 hours or sooner, including Fredericton, Maugerville and Jemseg. Regions at risk of reaching flood stage in the forecast period include:

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

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

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.

New Brunswickers are also 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
  • 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 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.