The annual ice removal on Parks Creek is scheduled to begin on Monday.
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) is advising snowmobilers to stay off the creek, which passes under Lakeshore Drive, and away from the mouth on Lake Nipissing.
“The ice on the creek needs to be removed to create some storage space for runoff when the melt eventually starts,” explains Troy Storms, Manager, Lands & Stewardship, NBMCA. “The ice removal will also continue a short ways into Lake Nipissing, and upstream beyond Lakeshore Drive.”
Every year the capacity of Parks Creek to absorb the spring melt is assessed by NBMCA at the Eva Wardlaw Conservation Area. NBMCA also manages the flood control structure on the creek to avoid damages and ensure people and property along the creek remain safe from flooding.
“Removal of ice between the flood control structure and Lake Nipissing will help minimize the risk of any property flooding or ice damage to the control structure,” added Storms.
NBMCA adds during the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be continuing its flood warning and forecasting system. If the conditions warrant, NBMCA will advise municipalities, emergency responders, and the public of any potential flooding or safety issues. Updates will be posted on their website and social media.