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

Water levels along the St. John River are expected to rise over the next 48 hours. Several areas along the river have passed or will reach flood stage in the forecast period, including:

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

Watercourses at risk include:

  • the Nashwaak River
  • the Miramichi River
  • the Restigouche River
  • Middle River (Bathurst)
  • Southwest Miramichi
  • Salmon River
  • Tetagouche River (North Tetagouche Road)

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

Road closures

Flood waters have forced some road closures in the province. Drivers are asked to follow closure notices and not to move or drive around barricades. Drivers are also asked to obey changes to speed limits. A list of the latest road closures is available online.

Drivers are urged to watch for wildlife on roads. Some animals will be seeking higher ground as their natural territories are covered by water. The presence of wildlife on roads should be reported to local authorities.

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.

Information to residents

People living near rivers are advised to remain on alert in the coming days as water levels are near or above flood stage in many regions.

Residents can report any issues related to increased water levels or flooding at any time by calling 1-800-561-4034. In case of emergency, call 911.

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 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;
  • 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.