FREDERICTON (GNB) – Water levels in lower Saint John River are expected to decrease during the weekend in Fredericton and Maugerville, but will remain high in other southern communities in the coming days.

Water levels remain above flood stage in Fredericton, Gagetown, Jemseg and Maugerville. In other southern communities such as Grand Lake, Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, Oak Point, Hampton, and Quispamsis-Saint John, water levels will continue to rise but are not expected to reach flood stage in coming days.

Boating activities not recommended for the coming week

  • Residents should avoid the banks of waterways as they remain dangerous all along the Saint John River.
  • Boating activities are not recommended. Avoid boating, kayaking or other water activities this time of year as currents are strong and carry debris.

Report issues with water

So far, there have been no reports of dwellings or buildings impacted by flooding. 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.

For recorded River Watch water levels, people may call 1-888-561-4048.

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

Road closures

A list of the latest closures is available online.

  • Follow road closure notices and do not move or drive around barricades. Drivers are also asked to obey changes to speed limits.
  • People who ignore barricades are putting themselves in danger. They are also endangering any first responders who may be called to assist them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Call 511 for road closures and conditions or check online. NB 511 also has a new mobile application that allows users to set specific roads to receive alerts, such as road closures.

The River Watch program is in effect to provide New Brunswickers with information on the status of rivers and potential flood issues across the province over the coming weeks.

The program is a joint effort led between the Department of Environment and Local Government, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization of the Department of Justice and Public Safety and NB Power, supported by Environment and Climate Change Canada, watershed groups, and other 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 and will be issued to the news media, local governments, partners and first responders.