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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District is advising Sturgeon River Watershed residents including Gladman, Lyman and Notman Townships (Tilden Lake area) and those residing from the Municipality of Temagami south to the Municipality of West Nipissing that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is in effect until Tuesday, May 23, 2023. 

Recreationalists in the Sturgeon River Watershed should keep a close watch on conditions and exercise caution around waterbodies as shorelines can be extremely slippery and unstable. Surface water temperatures are cold, as such residents and visitors should exercise caution while on and around waterbodies. Please monitor children and pets under your care. 

The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate. 


Description of Weather System 

Seasonal daytime and nighttime temperatures are expected Friday and throughout the long weekend. Minimal rainfall is forecast for tomorrow with less than 5mm expected throughout the watershed. For southern reaches of the watershed, significant rainfall is currently forecast throughout Saturday day and night. These areas could receive up to 20-35mm of rain while northern reaches of the watershed could receive 5-15mm. 

Description of Current Conditions 

Water levels and stream flows throughout the Sturgeon River Watershed remain higher than normal but are slowly declining in most areas. If maximum precipitation amounts are received over the weekend, water systems are expected to react causing an increase in levels and flows. No flooding is expected at this time. 

Helpful resources

Keep a close watch on the local forecast and Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings 

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)

Home Flood Protection Program (Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation)

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