North Bay Flood Update for Lake Nipissing - May 15

The rising waters of Lake Nipissing have slowed somewhat, although levels remain high and are expected to continue to increase over the next several days.

The lake level has held at 196.49 meters since Tuesday as inflows have decreased and Public Works Canada has continued to gradually increase outflows. The lake is now expected to rise daily by half a centimeter over the next five days. 

That’s down from a previous forecast earlier this week of one to two centimetres daily over the next several days.

But the City of North Bay is continuing to advise those in flood-prone areas to closely monitor conditions and take necessary actions to protect their properties. Conditions are highly dependent on weather and could quickly change.

Inflow to Lake Nipissing is still greater than outflow and the potential remains for damage to properties in low-lying areas along the Lake Nipissing shoreline and lower La Vase River, particularly should strong winds occur.

The City is continuing to make sand and sandbags available to residents for the purpose of protecting their properties.

Stations at Public Works on Franklin Street, Sunset Park at the end of Sunset Boulevard and Champlain Park at the end of Premier Road are operating Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Prefilled sandbags are available at the Sunset Park and Champlain Park stations and personnel are on hand to help with lifting and loading. Deliveries are also available for seniors and those without vehicles or who own only small vehicles. City staff will not place sandbags, but will drop them in driveways. If conditions stabilize, that service will wind down as of Friday.

While many people have stepped up to lend their neighbours a hand, the City has not had to enlist the help of volunteers at this time. An official call-out for volunteers will be made if necessary.

Sand and sandbags are provided free to residents for the purpose of protecting their properties. They 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:

Additional auxiliary pumps remain on standby at the Wastewater Treatment Plant 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.


Gord Young
 Communications Officer
 705 474-0626 ext. 2505