Flood Warning – Oliver Paipoonge,, Neebing, O’Connor and Gillies

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THUNDER BAY = The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Warning for the Lakehead Region including: Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge, Municipality of Neebing, Township of O’Connor and Township of Gillies.

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority advises that approximately 17-32 millimetres of precipitation has been recorded overnight, with the higher amounts recorded on the Whitefish River and Township of O’Connor. Additional precipitation may occur over the next 24 hours.

The Whitefish River is rising at a rapid pace and will likely continue to rise over the day. Reports of roads overtopping in the general area have been reported. The Village of Hymers is experiencing flooding. Additionally, other tributaries in the area are also reacting to the recent rainfall.

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

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

Authority Staff will continue to monitor conditions as part of its flood forecasting and warning program

This Flood Warning will be updated by 4:00 p.m.