Flood Watch and Water Safety Statement

(North Bay October 27, 2023). A Flood Watch has been issued for the urban creeks in the City of North Bay.  A Water Safety Statement has been issued for all other areas of the watershed, according to the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).

“Water levels in Chippewa Creek are well above normal for this time of year, in response to rainfall over the past 24 hours,” stated David Ellingwood, NBMCA Flood Duty Officer. “A further increase is possible with additional rainfall this evening and into Saturday morning. Urban creeks in the City of North Bay will respond quickly to periods of intense rain.” Other watercourses, including the Ottawa River at Mattawa, are experiencing high flows and water levels, but flooding is not expected 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 12:00 PM EDT.