Flood watch issued
Wanapitei River watershed at rsik
Conservation Sudbury has issued a flood watch for the Wanapitei River watershed, including Wanapitei Lake.
For all other watercourses within the City of Greater Sudbury, water safety messaging is being maintained.
Both statements are to remain in effect until 10 a.m. on May 16.
The Environment Canada forecast for indicates warm temperatures nearing 18 C, with no major precipitation in sight; however, the combination of recent rainfall and snowmelt in the upper reaches of the watershed has resulted in rising water levels and very high stream flows flowing into Wanapitei Lake, according to the conservation authority. Substantial flow is being released downstream into the Wanapitei River by Ontario Power Generation and water levels and flows in the river are already elevated. This additional increase in discharge will take place over the next several days resulting in further increase in water levels.
The neighbourhoods adjacent to the river in the Wahanapitae and the Wanup areas might experience shoreline flooding due to increased flow coming from Wanapitei Lake. High flows can lead to increased shoreline erosion. The developing conditions must be closely monitored by all residents, Conservation Sudbury said, especially those living in known low-lying areas where overland flooding could become an issue.
Public safety is the No. 1 priority, especially for children who may be attracted to the edge of creeks or rivers. The cold, fast flowing water must be avoided. Stream banks will be very slippery and unsafe, and must be avoided. Open-water areas often found at the edges of ice-covered lakes will continue to widen and these must also be avoided.
Conservation Sudbury remains in direct contact with the City of Greater Sudbury and all other partners as required. Staff continues with the monitoring of water levels and updates will be provided as required.
For more information please visit www.conservationsudbury.ca.
In Mattawa, meanwhile, Mayor Dean Backer says he supports a public inquiry into why the town received relatively short notice ahead of the planned release of water into the Ottawa River that has flooded the surrounding area.
Backer says the Ontario Ombudsman will “definitely” be part of the conversation also as he continues to seek answers, including from Ontario Power Generation, to why he wasn’t notified sooner before the Otto Holden Dam was opened May 6.
“It’s very frustrating,” he said. “We’re one small municipality compared to all of them that’s been affected, right through Latchford down to the City of Ottawa.
“But I will guarantee you that I will get all our counterparts that are part of the whole Ottawa River system and the Ottawa River planning board, all their mayors and councillors, we’ll get together and definitely get some answers from the people who make these decisions.”
The town has been under a weeklong state of emergency as flooding from the Mattawa and Ottawa rivers continues to threaten shoreline properties and displace residents from their homes.
We’re one small municipality compared to all of them that’s been affected, right through Latchford down to the City of Ottawa.