City to open sandbag filling stations
The City of North Bay is making sand and sandbags available in flood-prone areas as Lake Nipissing water levels continue to rise.
The lake reached 196.36 meters as of Tuesday and is still rising, increasing the potential for damage to shoreline properties, as well as those along the lower LaVase River, particularly should strong winds occur.
As a result, the City is taking precautionary measures for flood prevention and property protection by making sand and sandbags available for residents in low-lying areas that may be at risk.
In addition to Public Works on Franklin Street, sandbag filling stations will operating starting Wednesday, May 8 at Sunset Park at the end of Sunset Boulevard and Champlain Park at the end of Premier Road. The stations will be open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Sand and sandbags are provided free to residents for the purpose of protecting their properties. There is a limited supply of sandbags so residents are asked to please take only what they need.
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority has indicated Lake Nipissing has been averaging a three centimetre rise per day over the past several days and that the lake is expected to reach or exceed 196.4 meters by the end of the week.
The Conservation Authority is continuing to operate the Parks Creek Backflood Control Structure, which helps prevent Lake Nipissing from backing up Parks Creek, protecting approximately 350 homes from flooding.
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. Those in flood-prone areas are encouraged to closely monitor conditions and take necessary actions.