FLOOD OUTLOOK FOR LAKE NIPISSING ENDS

May 06, 2016 - With the Lake Nipissing ice cover gone, the lake level nearing seasonal norms, and no significant precipitation in the forecast, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) has lifted the Watershed Condition Statement - Flood Outlook for the Lake Nipissing shoreline in North Bay and Callander.

"All the factors that put the Lake Nipissing shoreline at risk of ice damage, erosion and flooding for the past 21 days have subsided.  We were very fortunate we did not receive any significant winds or rainfall to add to the snow melt," said Brian Tayler, NBMCA's CAO.

In addition to the North Bay and Callander shoreline of Lake Nipissing, NBMCA continues to monitor all the watersheds within its jurisdiction on an ongoing basis as part of its flood forecasting and warning program.  NBMCA provides statements, watches and warnings should conditions warrant.

"With the trees starting to leaf out, more water from snow melt and precipitation will be taken up by the trees, reducing the amount of run-off that reaches local waterways.  That's more good news for water levels," added Tayler.

For information on the broader Lake Nipissing/French River watershed, please refer to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in North Bay and Sudbury.

Lake Nipissing water levels are monitored daily and managed by the Sturgeon-Nipissing-French-Wanapitei Water Management Group, led by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Public Works Canada.  For updates on Lake Nipissing water levels contact their recorded information phone line at 1-866-763-2300 or visit their website at Public Works and Government Services Canada

The general public is advised of NBMCA flood forecasts and warnings through www.nbmca.ca website with the flood status icon and a link to information about current conditions.  NBMCA also issues these messages through local media and social media including twitter @theNBMCA and facebook.com/NBMCA

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Contact:

Katelyn Lynch, Duty Officer.  705 474-5420
Sue Buckle, Supervisor Communications & Outreach, 705 474-5420 ext 2010