(North Bay October 24, 2023). A Flood Outlook has been issued for the Mattawa River below Hurdman Dam, and the Town of Mattawa. A Water Safety Statement has been issued for urban creeks in the City of North Bay, according to the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).
“Water levels in the Mattawa area are above normal for this time of year, in response to rain that fell over the Thanksgiving weekend,” stated Angela Mills, NBMCA Flood Duty Officer. “Flows from upstream dams on the Ottawa River have been increasing over the past week. Significant rain is forecast between now and the weekend (through October 29) and these water levels are expected to increase. Urban creeks in the City of North Bay will respond quickly to periods of intense rain. Flooding may be possible in Mattawa in response to the forecasted rain, but flooding is not expected elsewhere at this time.”
The public is encouraged to keep children and pets away from watercourses and shorelines. Area residents and visitors, especially those in low-lying areas, are encouraged to monitor the conditions as they develop and take proper precautions during times of high flows. If you have a flood emergency, please contact your municipality. If you live in an unincorporated township, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District.
As part of the NBMCA Flood Forecasting and Warning Program, staff will continue to monitor weather and watershed conditions and update this message if needed based on the changing weather/streamflow conditions. Staff remain in contact with municipalities and other partners as required.
The general public is advised of these messages through the www.nbmca.ca website with the flood status icon and a link to information about current conditions. NBMCA also circulates these messages to local media and social media, posting on X (@theNBMCA), Facebook (@theNBMCA) and Instagram (nbmcainfo).
This message will be in effect until Monday, October 30, 2023, at 4:00 PM EDT.
Angela Mills, Flood Duty Officer, cell: 705-497-4668
David Ellingwood, Director, Water Resources, cell: 705-471-6338