Canada – Evacuations in New Brunswick After St John River Reaches Record Levels

The St John River in New Brunswick Province, Canada, is at record levels and is expected to rise further. Flooding has damaged homes and roads and prompted evacuations.

Authorities have urged residents in the city of St John to leave their homes. On Social Media officials warned: “Evacuate today. Saint John EMO warns that water levels are rising. Residents in affected areas may lose power, water & sewer services soon. You may also be isolated & First Responders will have trouble reaching you in an emergency.”

Flood evacuation areas of St John, New Brunswick, Canada, May 2018. Image: Government of New Brunswick

As of 03 May, around 260 resident had evacuated. The government of New Brunswick added that “residents in the communities of Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Belleisle, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis…and Saint John, as well as smaller communities in these respective regions, should take all necessary precautions.”

Water levels in rivers began to increase throughout the province from 23 April as a result of continuous snow melt. Flooding has affected areas across New Brunswick over the last 5 days, causing damage to properties and closing 80 roads and bridges, including part of the Trans-Canada highway between Moncton and Fredericton.

The provincial government is receiving assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard to help with flood relief efforts.

“It is clear that due to flooding there will be houses and families isolated. We will be managing a long and complex event, and we will need to support New Brunswickers in many ways,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “We are therefore taking steps to increase our capability for marine operations. We have requested assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard. They have granted our request and will help us reach out to those impacted.”

The St John River was above flood stage in 7 locations in the province: Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg, Grand Lake, Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, Oak Point and Quispamsis-Saint John.

At Quispamsis-Saint John, the river reached a record 5.34 metres on 03 May, over 1 metre above flood stage of 4.2. The previous high was 5.31 metres set in 1973. The river is expected to rise further, possibly reaching 5.9 metres by Monday 07 May.

New Brunswick Premier, Brian Gallant, said “This is most likely going to end up being the largest, most impactful flood that we have ever recorded here in New Brunswick, so it certainly puts all of our resources and people to the test.”

Flooding has closed roads across New Brunswick, Canada. Photo: St John Police

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Flood Summary

Last updated: May 10, 2018
New Brunswick, Canada, April to May 2018
May 3, 2018
River flood
Snow melt
Snowmelt caused rivers in New Brunswick to rise from around 23 April. By 03 May the St John river wase at threatening levels in St John and Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Belleisle, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis and Oak Bay.


A - Saint John
B - Jemseg
C - Gagetown
D - Hampstead
E - Grand Bay-Westfield
F - Oak Point


River level
7.92 metres
St John river, Fredericton - May 4 to May 4, 2018
flood stage – 6.5
River level
7.06 metres
St John river, Maugerville - May 4 to May 4, 2018
flood stage – 6m
River level
6.46 metres
St John river, Jemseg - May 4 to May 4, 2018
flood stage - 4.3m
River level
6.6 metres
St John river, Grand Lake - May 4 to May 4, 2018
flood stage - 5m
River level
6.75 metres
St John river, Sheffield-Lakeville Corner - May 4 to May 4, 2018
flood stage - 4.8m
River level
5.64 metres
St John river, Oak Point - May 4 to May 4, 2018
flood stage - 4.7m
River level
5.34 metres
St John river, Quispamsis-Saint John - May 4 to May 4, 2018
flood stage - 4.2m


1100 people
New Brunswick - May 3 to May 10, 2018