Water levels on Lake Nipissing continue to rise, affecting the lower reaches of the La Vase River, Parks Creek, and Jessups Creek, as well as at Jocko Point and Beaucage.

This according to the North Bay – Mattawa Conservation Authority, which reports Lake Nipissing is currently at an elevation of 196.49 m (above sea level) near North Bay. It is expected that the lake will continue rising for up to two more weeks. Water level forecasts estimate that Lake Nipissing could reach or exceed elevation 196.59 m, which is approximately 10 centimetres (4 inches) over its current elevation.

“Strong wind and storm surge may increase local water levels substantially, as well as wave action. This may pose a threat to properties along the Lake Nipissing and Callander Bay shoreline, as well as along the lower La Vase River, particularly if there are strong winds or waves,” said NBMCA Duty Officer Kurtis Romanchuk.

The Parks Creek Backflood Control Structure has been operating on red alert and pumping since May 2, to help mitigate flooding and sewer back-up for 350 homes in the Parks Creek neighbourhood. The pump will remain in operation until Lake Nipissing’s water levels return to normal levels.

Updates on conditions can be found on the NBMCA website.

Substantial precipitation is forecast through this week, prompting the NBMCA to update and extend its Flood Warning to next Wednesday.

All residents, especially those in low-lying areas, are encouraged to monitor developing conditions. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from watercourses and waterbodies.

If your property is at risk of flooding, contact your municipality. If you live in an unincorporated township, please contact Graham Mewett at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District office at 705-475-5529.