Flood Update for Lake Nipissing - May 24
North Bay, ON – May 24, 2019 – Lake Nipissing water levels are continuing to rise while the North Bay area remains under a flood warning.
With more rain in the forecast over the next several days, the City of North Bay is advising residents to continue to monitor conditions during the weekend as precipitation and wind can impact water levels and increase the potential for damage along the Lake Nipissing shoreline.
The lake level was down to 196.54 meters in North Bay as of Friday after briefly spiking to 196.59 Thursday night due to high westerly winds with gusts of up to 60 kilometers per hour. The situation is being reassessed daily and Public Works Canada is adjusting outflows accordingly.
Sand and sandbags are available to residents for the purpose of protecting their properties at Public Works on Franklin Street, but filling stations at Sunset Park at the end of Sunset Boulevard and Champlain Park at the end of Premier Road will no longer be operated. The City is prepared to ramp back up its resources at those sites if required.
Sandbags should be used to reinforce breakwalls and to act as a barrier to prevent water from reaching structures. The following link includes a video on how to properly use sandbags for flood prevention: https://youtu.be/oVQA-TPqtEQ.
Boat launches at Champlain Park and Sunset Park remain closed due to the high waters in those locations. Boats are being urged be mindful of their wake and to avoid shorelines and flood-prone areas.
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 North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority is continuing to operate the Parks Creek Backflood Control Structure to help protect 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.