Flood Watch for the urban creeks in the City of North Bay and Flood Outlook elsewhere.


(North Bay June 21, 2024). A Flood Watch has been issued for the urban creeks in the City of North Bay and a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook has been issued for other areas of the North Bay-Mattawa watershed, according to the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA).

"A low-pressure system is forecasted to bring steady rainfall and a risk of thunderstorms over the next few days. Forecasts indicate at least 50 mm to 100 mm, or more are possible in areas with the most intense thunderstorms this weekend” stated Githan Kattera, the Flood Duty Officer at the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA). High amounts of total rainfall and periods of high intensity rainfall can rapidly change water levels and flows, particularly in the urban areas of North Bay, including Chippewa Creek. Widespread flooding is not expected; however, localized flooding is possible.

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, June 24, 2024 at 4:00 pm EDT.

Local flood messages for outside the NBMCA jurisdiction are issued by the local District Office of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. All flood messages are posted on the Ontario Flood Forecasting and Warning Program website https://www.lioapplications.lrc.gov.on.ca/webapps/swmc/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program/



Githan Kattera, Duty Officer, cell: 705-498-1462

Robin Allen, NBMCA Flood Warning Coordinator, cell: 705-774-8448


Terminology: Notification Levels

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT: general notices of potential flooding or other conditions that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:

Water Safety indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

Flood Outlook gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.


FLOOD WATCH notifies that the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.


FLOOD WARNING notifies that flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.