City Scaling Down on Staffing at Sandbag Stations

North Bay, ON – June 6, 2019 The City of North Bay is scaling back on staffing at its satellite sandbag stations due to decreased demand.

The satellite location at Sunset Park at the end of Sunset Boulevard will no longer be staffed after 8 p.m. tonight, while the site at Champlain Park at the end of Premier Road will continue to be staffed until Friday at 8 p.m. Sand and sandbags will continue to be made available to residents for the purpose of protecting their properties at Public Works on Franklin Street. The situation is being reassessed daily and staffing will ramp back up as required.

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority is reporting that the Lake Nipissing water level was at 196.40 meters as of Thursday morning, falling around two centimetres over the last 24 hours.  The lake, however, remains vulnerable to potential wind and rain events.

The City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has been equipped with auxiliary pumps to assist in the discharge of fully treated wastewater if required. And, the Conservation Authority is continuing to operate the Parks Creek Backflood Control Structure to help protect approximately 350 homes from flooding.  All four pumps are now operating at the Control Structure following a 20 centimetre spike Thursday morning resulting from what is believed to have been a burst beaver dam upstream.

Residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to keep children and pets away from watercourses and waterbodies.


Gord Young

Communications Officer

Tel.: 705-474-0626 ext. 2505