North Bay Flood Update for Lake Nipissing - May 17
North Bay, ON – May 17, 2019 – The City of North Bay is advising residents to monitor conditions during the weekend as weather could impact water levels and the potential for damage along the Lake Nipissing shoreline.
The forecast is calling for a total of up to 35 millimeters of rainfall within the entire watershed over the course of the weekend; and possible southwest winds, with gusts of up to 30 kilometers per hour, could impact the Lake Nipissing shoreline in North Bay on Monday.
The lake level is currently at 196.51 meters and is expected – depending on weather – to continue to rise by half a centimeter over the next several days. Inflow to Lake Nipissing is still greater than outflow and the potential remains for flooding in low-lying areas. The situation is being reassessed daily.
The City is continuing to make sand and sandbags available to residents for the purpose of protecting their properties, but will be scaling back starting this weekend in light of decreasing demand.
There will be no drop-offs to residents this weekend and filling stations at Public Works on Franklin Street, Sunset Park at the end of Sunset Boulevard and Champlain Park at the end of Premier Road will no longer be operated by staff as of Monday. Sand and sandbags will still be made available and each of the stations have been stocked with a number of prefilled bags. Resources will ramp back up at the sites if required.
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: https://youtu.be/oVQA-TPqtEQ.
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.