Flood precaution work continues in North Bay
The City of North Bay is taking additional precautionary measures for flood prevention and property protection due to the rising water level of Lake Nipissing and the expectation of significant rainfall.
Because rising lake levels could pose operational challenges at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, pumping equipment and temporary piping has been brought in as part of a contingency plan. Treated effluent will be pumped from the plant’s chlorine contact chamber if conditions warrant.
The piping will run across Memorial Drive and the Kate Pace Way, which have been closed to traffic between Monk and Regina streets for an undetermined period as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. A detour with signage is in place. It is anticipated pumping could occur Thursday afternoon should the area receive the 30 to 50 millimeters of rain that’s forecast.
In addition, a lift station bypass plan has been established to provide system relief where possible in order to limit flow to the Wastewater Treatment Plant if required.
The city is also making sand and sandbags available in flood-prone areas due to the increasing potential for damage to shoreline properties, as well as those along the lower LaVase River, particularly in the case of strong winds.
Sandbag filling stations began operating Wednesday at Public Works on Franklin Street, 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 4 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 is currently at 196.37 meters and is forecasted to continue to rise until its peak in approximately two weeks. Water level forecasts estimate that the lake could reach or exceed elevation 196.59m by next week, which is approximately 22 centimeter, nine inches, over its current elevation.
The Conservation Authority is also 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.