A water safety statement has been issued by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.
Officials say water levels in area watercourses are generally above-average for this time of year due to the continued rainfall on Thursday.
“Chippewa Creek is approximately one foot below its top of bank level and may continue to rise in response to heavy rainfall,” says Kurtis Romanchuk,
NBMCA Duty Officer. “Rural watercourses including the La Vase River and Wasi River are elevated but remain below their peak levels from earlier this spring.”
A water safety bulletin has also been issued by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) for the North Bay District.
They’re advising residents in the Mattawa area to exercise special caution around rivers and streams.
“Increased levels and flows, along with recent precipitation in the upper Ottawa River Watershed are expected to elevate water levels,” states a release. “Water levels and flows along the Ottawa River below Otto Holden Dam are seeing an increased rate of flow. The current level at Mattawa is 153.62m, this level is not expected to increase further at this time.”
The Conservation Authority’s water safety statement is in effect until or will be updated before, 5 pm on Tuesday, May 31.
NDMNRF’s water safety bulletin is in effect until Wednesday, June 1.