Flooding Emergency Declared
May 9, 2019
Due to continued rising water levels in West Nipissing, Mayor Joanne Savage has declared an Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is monitoring conditions closely and has activated its Emergency Plan. This has allowed the Municipality to formally acquire assistance and deploy additional services.
Some residents may be advised to evacuate due to restricted access, as rising water levels continue to affect road conditions. Emergency Officials will visit the affected properties to inform residents of their options. In preparation, the Municipality is planning for accommodations in a nearby Community Centre.
A number of roads are currently under water or at risk of washing out. The Municipality’s Operations Team and Emergency Services are responding to the issue and continues to monitor conditions.
Keep visiting the Municipal website for up to date road closure information.
The Municipality will provide 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:
- Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10
Sand piles are available in areas including:
- Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
- Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
- Avenue du lac in Lavigne
- End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
- O’Brien (Turn around)
- Quesnel (West End)
- End of Lac Deux Milles Road (dead end/turnaround)
Water Levels and Weather Forecast
A rainfall warning from Environment Canada is in effect. Based on the weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by more than 20 cm by the end of the week.
The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. Crews will continue to patrol at-risk areas daily and work to alleviate road access issues.
For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.
We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
Jay Barbeau, CAO
Municipality of West Nipissing