THUNDER BAY – The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority have updated the Flood Outlook Statement 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 9-17 millimetres of precipitation has been recorded in area gauges overnight, with additional minor precipitation forecasted over the next few days. Area watercourses have reacted to the increased inflows from the precipitation and snow melt and have risen overnight.
Area watercourses are expected to continue to rise slightly until the precipitation ends.
The Neebing-Mclntyre Floodway, which provides riverine flood protection to the lower Neebing River and the Intercity area has begun diverting flow overnight and will likely continue to do so over the next few days.
The Floodway, which is capable of providing protection up to the magnitude of the Regional Storm, diverts flow almost annually during spring freshet and more frequent rainfall events.
No actions are required for the Floodway to operate; it operates automatically limiting the flow down the lower Neebing River by diverting the excess flow down the diversion channel to the widened and deepened Floodway channel which flows into Lake Superior.
The public is advised to continue to exercise caution in and around area waterways.
Authority Staff will continue to monitor conditions as part of its Flood Forecasting and Warning Program. Updates will be provided as warranted.