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Flood Watch for Lake Nipissing shoreline

Water levels and flows are high in most areas in response to last week’s rain

A "Flood Watch" has been issued for the Lake Nipissing shoreline in North Bay and Callander, and a Flood Watch remains in effect for the Mattawa River downstream of the Hurdman dam to the confluence with the Ottawa River.

A Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook remains in effect for other areas of the North Bay-Mattawa watershed, according to the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).

“Water levels and flows are high in most areas in response to last week’s rain,” stated Angela Mills, NBMCA Flood Duty Officer. “Water level on Lake Nipissing has increased by 31 cm since April 12. The water level on the Ottawa River in the Mattawa area is expected to stabilize but remain high. Elsewhere, flows and water levels are expected to decrease,” she added.

Lower reaches of Lake Nipissing tributaries such as Chippewa Creek, Parks Creek, Jessup’s Creek, and La Vase River will be impacted by high water levels on Lake Nipissing. Strong winds and wave action are a concern while lake levels are high.

Flows may increase quickly with any additional precipitation.

The public is encouraged to keep children and pets away from watercourses and shorelines. Area residents and visitors, especially those in low-lying areas, are encouraged to monitor the conditions as they develop and take proper precautions during times of high water levels. If you have a flood emergency, contact your municipality. If you live in an unincorporated township, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District.