Province Issues Flood Advisory For French River And High Flow Safety Bulletin For Sturgeon River
Water Levels High In North Bay District
The Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a flood advisory for areas along the French River below the Public Works and Government Services Canada dams near the Dokis First Nation Reserve. The ministry also issued a high flow safety bulletin for the Sturgeon River because the snow melt will be accelerated over the next week.
The current flows in the French River are expected to remain very high for at least the next three-week period. Property owners located in low-lying areas adjacent to the river should take precautions given the warm temperatures and precipitation forecast for the weekend.
It is anticipated that the warmer weather forecast for the weekend will result in dramatically increased flow in the Sturgeon River into next week. Lake Nipissing's water level is some 50 centimetres higher than typical for this time of year.
While there is no immediate risk of flooding on Lake Nipissing, the lake's level is increasing by approximately three centimetres per day. Water levels on Lake Nipissing could reach the flood advisory level by early next week. Since the lower French River is already at its flood limit level, additional water cannot be released out of Lake Nipissing at this time.
- Watershed levels are closely monitored by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ontario Power Generation and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.
- People should contact their municipality first for flood assistance.
- When water levels are high, parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from watercourses.