Flood Watch issued by Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority

Developing NewsTHUNDER BAY – The Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority is upgrading the Flood Outlook Statement to a Flood Watch for the Lakehead Region including the City of Thunder Bay, Municipalities of Neebing, Oliver Paipoonge, Shuniah and the Townships of O’Connor, Conmee, Gilles and Dorion.

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority advises that additional precipitation is forecast over the next three days. Approximately 15-39 millimetres of precipitation is forecast for Saturday with an additional 40 millimetres forecasted for Sunday, and 25 millimetres for Monday. Rainfall amounts may be exceeded in the event of thunderstorms.

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Due to recent rainfall, area watercourses are currently experiencing bank full conditions; significant rainfall will result in a rapid rise in watercourses which may result in flooding.

In the City of Thunder Bay, the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway has begun to divert flows and will likely continue to divert flows over the weekend.

The public is advised to exercise caution in and around area waterways and remove stored items adjacent to streambanks to higher ground. Parents and caregivers are advised to keep children away from all waterways.

A Flood Watch is issued when the assessed conditions indicate that the potential for flooding exists.