The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group has been meeting regularly to discuss the current Flood Warning conditions for the area. The group includes the West Nipissing Fire and Emergency Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, West Nipissing Power Generation, municipal administration, the mayor, and the Public Works Department.
Significant precipitations have caused localized flooding along the Sturgeon River in areas such as Leduc Road and Highway 64 in Field. Some lakefront properties have also been affected by rising water levels. Although dryer weather will help stabilize the river, lake water levels are forecasted to continue rising, particularly in the Lake Nipissing area.
Shoreline property owners are advised to be prepared in the event of a flood. Sandbags are available for purchase at Sturgeon Falls Home Hardware, Simcoe Northern Supply, and OCP Construction Supplies in North Bay.
Recommendations from your Emergency Group
- Residents should be mindful of potential hazards and prepare accordingly for flooding and for road closures.
- If you reside near or across a body of water, it is recommended that your home be equipped with emergency essentials. See the Ontario Preparedness Plan and Kit for suggestions.
- Residents should watch conditions closely and exercise caution when travelling on any road in a low-lying area or close to a body of water. Road conditions can deteriorate rapidly. If roads appear impassible, use extreme caution; drive slowly or don’t cross, especially at night when visibility is limited.
- Due to the dangers of high water levels and rapid flows, children and pets should be monitored closely.
Members of the Emergency Control Group are patrolling daily to assess changes and to ensure public safety. To report an emergency, please call 911. To report flooding concerns or road washouts, please contact the Municipal Office at 705-753-2250, or 705-753-1170 after business hours.
What you should do before, during and after a flood, and where to get current flood information: Ontario’s flooding tips
How to make an emergency plan and kit
Flooding and insurance information (Insurance Bureau of Canada)
About Well Water and Septic Systems
Residents who are not connected to a Municipal drinking water system should be aware that overland flooding may impact the safety of well water. Placing sand bags around your well can help mitigate the potential for contamination. If your drinking water may have been compromised, seek an alternate source of water until floodwaters have receded and your water has been tested.
During a flood your well water may become unsafe to drink. If you think flood water may have entered your well, stop using your water and have it tested as soon as possible through the Health Unit.