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Urgent call for volunteers at Jocko Point

The flooding situation at Jocko Point, west of North Bay got "drastically worse late yesterday and the community is calling out for help," according to Geneviève Couchie NFN spokeswoman.
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The flooding situation at Jocko Point, west of North Bay got "drastically worse late yesterday and the community is calling out for help," according to Geneviève Couchie NFN spokeswoman.

The community if offering a free BBQ today at noon in Jocko Point hoping area residents will volunteer to help fill sandbags throughout the week.

"Your support would be greatly appreciated," adds Couchie.

The flooding has been serious since last Thursday, but the water keeps rising and the lake was rough with waves last night, which reportedly caused sand bag walls to be breached on several properties. 

Couchie says the Jocko/Beaucage community page was reporting 12 dwellings as critical last night and up to 23 needing more sandbags.

The community has plenty of sand and bags, but needs volunteers to help fill them. 

 As of now, Jocko Point Road is still intact and there are no evacuation orders. 

Jocko Point property owners and residents are actively sandbagging. but badly need help.

"Even an hour makes a difference," adds Couchie.

Today's free BBQ is in Jocko Point by the Anishinabek Police Service from noon to 1 p.m.

Volunteers are desperately needed today and for the rest of this week.

If you can help go to the Jocko Point Fire Hall, 1082 Jocko Point Road, Nipissing First Nation.

"Everyone is welcome to attend the BBQ. and anyone can volunteer for any length of time," says Couchie. "Jocko Point residents need as much support as they can get as they continue to battle severe flooding that began one week ago. The situation threatens to get worse due to rainfall and snowmelt in northern regions, which are causing Lake Nipissing to continue rising daily by approximately 1-2 cm."

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