Sioux Lookout Flooding Impacts Community

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Road Closed in Sioux Lookout
Road Closed in Sioux Lookout due to water over the road

SIOUX LOOKOUT – NEWS – Late Friday, Sioux Lookout issued a flood update.

Over the Victoria Day long weekend Sol Mamakwa called for help for Sioux Lookout due to flooding in the community.

Sol Mamakwa states, “The flooding happening now in Sioux Lookout is affecting homes and businesses across the municipality.  In Red Lake, their only access roads are still cut off by flooding, impacting their access to essential goods and services”.

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SIOUX LOOKOUT – NEWS – Flooding is impacting Sioux Lookout. Officials in the Municipality say that the situation is very fluid right now, and further updates are likely.

The Municipality of Sioux Lookout is taking action to protect people and property as water levels continue to rise.

“The pedestrian bridge at the Travel Information Centre has been blocked off at both ends and we are asking people to avoid the area at this time,” explained Manager of Public Works and Infrastructure, Jeff Hawley.

Public Works Operations Manager, Mat Lelonde on Friday said, “We are working directly with residents impacted by flooding in low lying areas and are providing targeted support. Lakeshore Drive is being sandbagged, as the water is now level with the road. A section of Ethel Street is also closed, due to water over the road at the far east end. Sturgeon River Road had a small washout at the first culvert past the hotels. We have temporarily repaired the culvert and have both lanes open again. We continue to monitor it closely, but it will likely be closed later today.”

The Municipality is prepared to deal with increasing water levels, with a large number of sandbags on hand to respond to changing conditions. We have also been successful in securing additional sand bags for use by residents to protect their properties. Residents wishing to pick up empty sandbags to protect their properties may visit our Public Works office from 7:30 a.m. until noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Sand bags can be filled at the Third Avenue ball diamonds, where sand will be available at no cost.

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