THUNDER BAY – Updated – Flood Warning issued for Thunder Bay. This afternoon the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has upgraded the Flood Watch to a Flood Warning for the region. There have been a few issues overnight. Mayor Hobbs reports, “We also had a major power outage which caused us problems at the plant. Those issues were handled and the plant is running well”.
Hobbs shares, “This Mayor got no sleep at all last night”.
“City infrastructure has been performing to our expectations,” commented Darrell Matson, General Manager of Infrastructure & Operations. “Everything in our sewer systems is flowing properly.”
Matson added that staff have been on duty over the last 24 hours to monitor the situation, and additional staff are available if the situation worsens.
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue have been responding to calls. This morning, at the Ten Mile Road Race, one crew was called away to deal with flooding at Toledo Street. The Dispatch relayed that they were having difficulty in reaching Public works.
“City staff will continue to monitor the rain and the impact on city infrastructure in the days to come,” added Matson. “We are urging the public to continue to use caution in and around area waterways.”
Flood Warning for Thunder Bay
The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is upgrading the Flood Watch to a Flood Warning for the Lakehead Region including: City of Thunder Bay, Municipalities of Neebing, Oliver Paipoonge, Shuniah and the Townships of O’Connor, Conmee, Gillies and Dorion.
Approximately 50 to 60 millimetres of precipitation has been recorded in area gauges in the last 24 hours. Approximately 45 millimetres of additional precipitation is forecasted throughout the day and overnight. Rainfall amounts may be exceeded in the event of thunderstorms.
Flooding is imminent or occurring in the Lakehead Region. Area watercour ses have reacted to received precipitation and are expected to continue to rise rapidly over the next 24 hours.
The Neebing-Mclntyre Floodway has begun to divert flows and is expected to continue to do so over the next several days.
Extreme caution is advised when travelling in the area over the next 24 hours as watercourses will rise quickly and may overtop roads. The public is advised to stay away from fast flowing water in watercourses and ditches.
Authority Staff will continue to monitor conditions as part of its Flood Forecasting and Warning program.
This Flood Warning will remain in effect until noon Tuesday May 2 1, 2013 and will be updated if conditions warrant.
Fort William First Nation
Fort William First Nation Chief Georjann reports, “We are concerned about the state of our community. We are working quickly and diligently to address the state of affairs”.