Flood Damage and Disaster Recovery Assistance

 

The Minister has not activated Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program for our area.

Once the DRAO program has been activated, small business owners, farms, and tenants, home owners and not-for-profit organizations can apply for assistance.

There are rules, forms and insurance implications to the DRAO. Applicants are therefore advised to contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.  

 

Learn more about the program by:

Emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calling 1-844-780-8925

Visiting Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

Visiting Apply for disaster recovery assistance

 

May 17, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #9

Boatlaunch-Cache-Bay

Public Notice
Flooding Emergency Update 9

May 17, 2019 11:00 am

The Cache Bay boat launch at Park Road will be open as of noon on May 17, 2019. Due to fairly stable weather conditions and following a comprehensive site inspection, the launch is being re-opened temporarily. Residents are asked to stay off the waterways unless the purpose of their travel is to protect their shoreline properties. Municipal boat launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. While we understand that this may be an inconvenience, the closures are necessary to ensure public safety.   

Boat Launching Considerations:

  • Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
  • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  • Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.

Boating Safety Considerations:

  • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
  • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.

Municipal Boat Launch Closures:

  • Marina Minnehaha Bay
  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Government Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch

 

There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and Road Closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should plan accordingly and should consider leaving their homes in the event that conditions worsen. 

Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171. 

 

 


 

Additional Information 

 

Accommodations and Assistance 

Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

 

Road Conditions

Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

Sandbags

100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.


    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    Road Closure Update

    Please adhere to road closure signs. For safety reasons and to avoid fast erosion, residents are asked to be very cautious and to limit the amount of travel on water saturated roads.

    Current Road Closures

    Hillman, Verner 
    Closed between HWY 64 and Old Aubin Rd.

    Quesnel, Sturgeon Falls
    From #1079 to the end of the road. No access/detour past this address.

    Alouette, Verner 
    Closed at Eugene Road going East. This means that connecting roads are also closed: Lamarche, St-Jean, Pellerin, Blake, and Argo 

    Comeau, Lavigne
    Closed at Eugene. This means that that connecting roads are also closed: Gerard 

    Leduc, Field
    Local residents can access from HWY 539 and HWY 575, however, there is no access past the point of closure.

     


     

    Road closures will remain in effect until the water levels subside and the roads are deemed safe. Road closures will be updated as more information is available. 

    Due to continued rising water levels in West Nipissing, Mayor Joanne Savage has declared an Emergency. A number of roads are currently under water or at risk of washing out. Emergency Services and Public Works will continue to assess conditions and work to alleviate road access issues. 

     

    Sandbags and Volunteering Update

    Volunteers

    If you require volunteer assistance please contact 705.753.1171.

    To participate to volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 during regular business hours. For afterhours and weekends, call 705.753.1171. You can also send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address. 

     


     

    Sand Bags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    • O’Brien (Turn around)
    • Quesnel (West End)
    • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     


     

    For flood related inquiries, road access requests, or accomodation needs, please contact 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 16, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #8

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 8

    May 16, 2019 2:30 pm

     

    As of Thursday, May 16, Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. Following a thorough inspection of the boat launches and a careful consideration for public safety, the conditions of the launches were deemed unsafe. We understand that given the long weekend, this may inconvenience some. These closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the public.   

    Residents using an alternate access to the Sturgeon River and Lake Nipissing are instructed to navigate with caution and to follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation. The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean, Verner Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

     

    There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should be taking necessary precautions and planning accordingly, should road conditions worsen.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

     

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 15, 2019 • MNRF UPDATED FLOOD WARNING

    Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District Bulletin: Wednesday, May 15, 2019      

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    FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District is advising area residents that an Updated Flood Warning is in effect in the District until Wednesday, May 22, 2019.The Ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION 

    Description of Weather System 

    Forecasts for the North Bay District area expect variable precipitation over the next five days with accumulations ranging from 10-20 mm in the northern reaches of the district and 15-20 mm in the southern reaches. Daytime highs for the same period are forecast to range from 10-15 degrees Celsius across the district, with nighttime lows ranging from 4-10 degrees Celsius in the northern reaches of the district and 0-8 degrees Celsius in the southern reaches.

    Description of Current Conditions 

    The North Bay District has experienced significant increases in water levels and stream flows over the past several weeks. The combination of repeated rainfall and snowmelt has resulted in water levels across the district rising significantly, reaching or exceeding flood levels in many areas. In some areas water levels are expected to slowly stabilize over the next several days. In some locations the ground is saturated or remains partially frozen and as a result has little ability to absorb further precipitation. The northern reaches of the district continue to experience snow melt which could impact water levels and flow.


    The Ottawa River Watershed continues to be affected by last weeks rainfall events combined with the remaining snow melt on the watershed. Lake Temiskaming water levels are currently sitting at 179.86 m and are expected to stabilize or slowly decrease over the next several days. Water released from Lake Temiskaming flows down the Ottawa River to the Otto Holden Dam, in the Mattawa area, where higher than normal water levels continue. Water levels in Mattawa are currently sitting at 155.39 m and could reach 155.55 m, however, Ottawa River water levels are expected to stabilize or slowly decrease over the next several days.


    Due to the magnitude of this year’s flooding, Transport Canada has put navigation restrictions in place on the Ottawa River between the Otto Holden Dam and the Deux Montagnes Lake, and the Mattawa River between Hurdman Dam and the confluence of Mattawa River and Ottawa River. Navigation by non-emergency vessels is strictly prohibited. This includes pleasure craft and human-powered craft, such as canoes or kayaks.


    The Montreal River Watershed area continues to see higher than normal water levels and flows which have reached or exceeded flood levels in many areas. Water levels in the watershed are expected to stabilize or slightly decrease in the next several days. In the Latchford area, Bay Lake water levels have exceeded the maximum lake level of 277.15 m and are currently sitting at 277.37 m. Bay Lake levels are forecast to stabilize or slightly decrease in the next few days with the maximum discharge continuing from the Latchford dam.


    Lake Temagami water levels continue to remain higher than normal and are forecasted to rise slowly over the next several days due to snowmelt and pressures on the watershed.


    The Sturgeon River, Lake Nipissing and French River areas have been impacted by higher than normal water levels. Lake Nipissing water levels are currently sitting at 196.46 m, well above the Maximum ‘Non-Damage’ water level of 196.22 m. Water levels are forecast to climb slowly over the next several days by approximately .5 cm per day. Residents along the French River will continue to see a rise in water levels over the next several days because of higher than normal local inflows and increased discharge from Lake Nipissing.


    On Lake Nipissing, boaters are being urged to stay away from shorelines and flood affected areas so that vessel movements do not pose a risk to the safety of individuals or cause damage to the environment, properties and infrastructure.


    Due to safety concerns and the higher than normal water levels safety booms in the following locations have not been installed before the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend:
    • Latchford Dam
    • Temiskaming Dam
    • French River Dams (Big Chaudiére, Little Chaudiére and Portage); and
    • Hurdman Dam
    Recreational users (boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, etc.) are urged to stay away from dams and flood affected areas as high water levels and strong currents are dangerous for watercraft and pose a serious safety risk. Reports of large debris (e.g. logs, docks,

    decks, etc.) are also being reported in flood affected waters and pose an additional safety risk to recreational users.
    Municipalities and residents, especially those in low-lying areas and along shorelines, are encouraged to monitor these conditions and prepare accordingly. Shorelines and banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery and unstable at this time and, when combined with cold open water, pose a serious hazard.


    Road closures and sand bagging efforts continue across much of the North Bay District and many area residents have been impacted by localized flooding.


    A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.

    LEARN MORE 

    Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage www.ontario.ca/flooding 

    Environment Canada bulletins: www.weather.gc.ca

    A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended. 

     

    May 14, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #7

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 7

    May 14, 2019 2:00 pm

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures remain in effect for Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne. With the long weekend approaching, we understand this may be inconvenient for some, but these closures are necessary to protect shoreline properties. The Emergency Control Group will continue to monitor conditions and will reassess boat launch access before Friday. We will advise residents should conditions change.

    Current Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    There are no changes to road conditions to report and this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 13, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #6

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 6

    May 13, 2019 3:40 pm

    Effective immediately,  the following Municipal Boat Launches with access to Lake Nipissing and the Sturgeon River, are closed until further notice. 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    We understand this may be inconvenient for some, but with the current water levels and hazardous debris, the slightest ripple can cause significant damage to shoreline properties. Residents will be advised as soon as conditions have improved and launches are accessible. 

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time, and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 12, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #5

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 5

    May 12, 2019 10:45 am

    There are no changes in road conditions to report at this time. However, water levels are still on the rise. Since the yesterday, the increase in water level was reported at approximately 2.5 cm. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Additionally, boaters are instructed to stay away from affected areas to reduce the impact of the wakes on roads and properties. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
  •  

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 11, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #4

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 4

    May 11, 2019 12:45 pm

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time. The weather forecast continues to indicate lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for today through Sunday. However, water levels may rise by 2-3 cm per day over the weekend. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Emergency Services and Operations Crews will continue to patrol and assess conditions over the weekend. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
  •  

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #3

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 3

     

    May 10, 2019 4:15 pm

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The weather forecast indicates lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for the weekend. However, water levels are expected to continue to rise by 2-3 cm per day for the next few days. The Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant and cautious around waterways.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

     

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    - Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    - End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    - End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    - End of Argo Road

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend. During regular business hours, 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #2

    Public Notice

    Flooding Emergency Update 2

     

    May 10, 2019 11:00 am

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The evening of Thursday May 9, 2019 was stable as the rain subsided and wind conditions improved. West Nipissing Police patrolled affected areas throughout the night and will continue to do so today. As of this morning, water levels had decreased by 1 inch.

    Although conditions are stable, water levels are expected to rise in the coming days. The Emergency plan remains active and the Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant. Emergency Services personnel have advised residents of road closures and evacuation options.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

    Road Conditions

    Minehaha Bay (300 King Street) has reopened but all other road closures remain in effect. Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    -Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, May 10

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    -Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    -Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    -End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    -Quesnel (West End)

    -End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 9, 2019 • Public Notice • Flooding Emergency Update #1

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 1

    May 9, 2019 

    Emergency Services has advised residents in the affected areas of road closures and their options to evacuate. Residents who were away during the road closures and did not speak with Emergency Services are instructed to call 705.753.1171 to make arrangements. Those in need of accommodations are also asked to call the Municipality at 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Due to water over the roads and washouts, a number of roads have been closed with restricted access. The conditions of some roads have drastically changed thus restricting us from providing access to residents due to a public safety concern. Road closures will be updated on westnipissing.ca as information become available. School Officials have advised parents in the affected areas of transportation detours and cancelations.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10

    Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    •  Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    •  End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    •  O’Brien (Turn around)
    •  Quesnel (West End)
    •  End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate in volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

    The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is continuing to monitoring conditions and has activated its Emergency Plan.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.

    We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 9, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Declared

     

    Flooding Emergency Declared

    May 9, 2019

    Due to continued rising water levels in West Nipissing, Mayor Joanne Savage has declared an Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is monitoring conditions closely and has activated its Emergency Plan. This has allowed the Municipality to formally acquire assistance and deploy additional services.

     

    Potential Evacuation

    Some residents may be advised to evacuate due to restricted access, as rising water levels continue to affect road conditions. Emergency Officials will visit the affected properties to inform residents of their options. In preparation, the Municipality is planning for accommodations in a nearby Community Centre.

     

    Road Conditions

    A number of roads are currently under water or at risk of washing out. The Municipality’s Operations Team and Emergency Services are responding to the issue and continues to monitor conditions.

    Keep visiting the Municipal website for up to date road closure information.

     

    Sandbags

    The Municipality will provide 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    - Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    - End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    - End of Lac Deux Milles Road (dead end/turnaround)

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    If conditions worsen, additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate in volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     

    Water Levels and Weather Forecast

    A rainfall warning from Environment Canada is in effect. Based on the weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by more than 20 cm by the end of the week.  

    The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. Crews will continue to patrol at-risk areas daily and work to alleviate road access issues.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.

    We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     


     

     

    Jay Barbeau, CAO

    Municipality of West Nipissing

    May 8, 2019 • Public Notice • West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

    West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

    May 8, 2019

    A rainfall warning from Environment Canada is in effect. Significant rainfall is expected tonight through Thursday Night. Based on the weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by more than 20 cm by the end of the week.  

    Properties in low-lying areas are most at risk for flooding and road closures. Residents at risk are instructed to take necessary precautions to mitigate damage to their properties and to prepare for a potential evacuation. The current conditions of the roads are passible with some lightly covered with water, however residents should remain vigilant as conditions change. Should conditions worsen, Emergency Services will be visiting the affected properties to inform residents of their options.

    The Municipality will provide 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (22 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    -  Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) – from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday May 8, or 9 am to noon on Thursday May 9.

    Sand piles will be available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    -  End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    -  O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. Crews will continue to patrol at-risk areas daily assess any changes.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings

    Environment Canada – Weather for West Nipissing, ON

    Jay Barbeau, CAO

    Municipality of West Nipissing

    May 7 2019 · West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

     

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    May 7, 2019

    The Municipality is requesting that all residents air on the side of caution as the water levels rise in the area. Based on weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by an additional 15 cm over the next week. In preparation, the Municipality will provide sand to areas that are most at-risk of flooding at this time. Residents can expect to see loads of sand within the next 24 hours near these locations:

    • Marleau Road and Lac Des Deux Milles Road intersection
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    • Avenue du Lac in Lavigne
    • End of Eugene Road (between Arbour and Comeau)

    Other locations are being considered at this time. Local suppliers such as Goulard RONA Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre have sandbags available for purchase.

    We urge residents to be diligent by taking precautions to avoid flooding and to minimize damage to their properties. Don’t wait until it’s too late. West Nipissing Emergency Services can assess and provide additional support on a case-by-case basis. If you are concerned with the water levels surrounding your property or are currently experiencing emergency-level conditions, please contact us at 705.753.1171.

    With the current conditions, the Municipality of West Nipissing has not declared an emergency. The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. The crews are patrolling at-risk areas daily and are assessing any weather changes that could affect water levels: precipitations, temperature, thawing, wind directions and ice conditions.

    Safety measure and available resources will be reassessed based on conditions. We will continue provide updates as more information becomes available.

     

     


     

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings

     

    Notice of Water Main Flushing - May 2019

    Water Main Flushing Underway 

    May 7, 2019 

    The flushing of water mains in Verner was completed last week. Water main flushing in Sturgeon Falls and Cache Bay is currently underway and should be completed in the next 2-3 weeks 

    Residents may experience discoloured water, sediments, or a change in water pressure. If you experience discolouration, run a cold tap for approximately 15 minutes, to allow sufficient time for the water to run clear. Signage will be posted along the areas to advise residents of the scheduled flushing.

    Your patience is appreciated.  

     

    May 7, 2019 · Request for a Board Member · West Nipissing Non-profit Housing Corp

     

    West Nipissing Non-Profit Housing Corporation is currently seeking a representative to serve on our Board of Directors and provide local input, expertise and knowledge, preferably in the Housing sector.  Board of Directors members are expected to attend six (6) meetings per year.

     

    The ideal candidate will have:

    • Knowledge of housing rental sector
    • Experience serving on a volunteer Board
    • Must be bilingual

     

    If you are interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please mail, email or deliver in-person, a letter outlining your relevant skills, interest and experience by May 31st, 2019 to:

    Jacques Dupuis, CPA, CA
    Administrator
    West Nipissing Non-Profit Housing Corporation
    100 Michaud Street
    Sturgeon Falls ON  P2B 2Z4
    Tel # (705) 753-1550 ext. 7110
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    Notice of Public Consultation • Class EA • Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre Sludge Treatment and Biosolids Management

    Notice of Consultation

    Class Environmental Assessment for the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) - Sludge Treatment and Biosolids Management

    The Municipality of West Nipissing has completed a Schedule B, Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to identify an alternate for the existing anaerobic digestion based sludge treatment and biosolids storage management at the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre, in the community of Sturgeon Falls. A solution is required to address the ongoing process and structural issues/limitations with the Sludge treatment system, and the off-site hauling and land disposal of generated biosolids. The Class EA study was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Schedule “B” of the Municipal Environmental Assessment dated October 2000 (as amended in 2007 & 2011). The current study and the public consultation process identified the following as the preferred alternative planning solution:

    The preferred alternative is to replace the existing anaerobic based sludge treatment system and continue with land disposal.  Preferred treatment options include Conventional Aerobic Digestion or Autothermal Thermophilic Aerobic Digestion, final selection to be made during preliminary design stage.

     

    A Public Information Centre (PIC) for this project has been scheduled as follows:

    Date: May 7, 2019

    Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Location: WN Information Centre, 30 Front Street, Sturgeon Falls     

     

    Representatives from the Municipality and the Consultant team will be at the PIC to discuss a series of displays for you to review the study background, and alternatives considered for the study. This PIC will give the public and stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions and provide input to the project team.

    You are encouraged to provide your comments on the alternative solutions by May 22, 2019. To provide comments or to be added to the study mailing list, please contact: 

     

    Chris Cecchetto                                                                   
    Project Manager                                                                          
    AECOM Canada Ltd.                                                                    
    1361 Paris Street, Suite 105                                                      
    Sudbury, ON, P3E 3B6                                                                
    T:  705.674.8343  F: 705.674.1694                                          
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    Peter Ming, P.Eng.
    Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations
    Municipality of West Nipissing
    225 Holditch Street, Suite 101
    Sturgeon Falls, ON, P2B 1T1
    T: (705).753.6954 F: (705).753.4981

     

    Note: With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record

     

     

     

    April 29 2019 | Kipling West Rd. has reopened

     

    Traffic Notice 

    Update as of April 29, 2019 

    Kipling West Road is now open to traffic.  We will continue to monitor conditions and will provide further updates if the situation changes. 

     

     

    Traffic Notice • Principal St. East (Route 64 and Dubeau) Closed on May 1-10

     

    Traffic Notice 

    April 29. 2019 

    Principal Street East - between Route 64 and Dubeau Street, will be closed from May 1 to 10, to facilitate heavy equipment access for work on the Verner Building. The work area will be fenced off, but local residents will have access in and out of the area as required. We thank you for your patience. 

     

    Spring Cleanup 2019 - Sturgeon Falls Landfill

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    The Sturgeon Falls municipal landfill will be open free of charge to residents of Cache Bay, Springer and Sturgeon Falls for 2 weeks.

     

    Where?

    256 Landfill Road, Sturgeon Falls

     

    When?

    Tuesday to Friday  May 21 to 24 8 am to 4 pm
    Saturday May 25  8 am to 11:30 am
    Monday to Friday   May 27 to 31 8 am to 4 pm
    Saturday June 1  8 am to 11:30 am

     

    What?

    • Maximum of 2 cubic meters of household waste (approximately a full pick-up truck per resident).

    • Waste and recyclables must be properly sorted when brought to the landfill.

    • All items must be placed in designated area of the landfill, otherwise, tipping fees apply. Categories include: wood, leaf and yard waste, electronics, tires, blue box items, scrap metal and appliances (regular charges apply to all appliances containing refrigerant substances).

     

    Regular fees apply for:

    • Commercial or business waste

    • Renovation or construction debris in large volumes

     

    Please note:

    • Curbside pick-up is no longer available as part of the Spring Cleanup program.
    • Household hazardous waste is to be brought to the Hazardous Material Site in North Bay.

     

     

     

    Did you know? How to properly direct storm and ground water from your property

     Things to Remember 

    • Protecting our environment from contamination and pollution is everyone’s responsibility. 

    • West Nipissing’s wastewater systems are currently affected by high volumes of water.

    • Your sump pump should be turned ON to gather storm and ground water, and redirect it to your yard or ditch.

    • Directing storm and ground water from your property to the sanitary collection system can have a negative impact on the municipal wastewater system and on the environment.

    • Connecting sump pumps or weeping tiles to the sanitary system is prohibited under the Environmental Protection Act and Municipal By-Law (2000/05).

     


    For more information, see our Tips for Spring Thaw 2019 article. 

    Load Restrictions in Effect on April 1st

     

    Load Restrictions In Effect as of April 1, 2019 

    Under the Highway Traffic Act, the Municipality of West Nipissing enforces reduced load restrictions on trucks to protect municipal highways during spring thaw, when road damage is most likely to occur.  The LOAD RESTRICTION IN EFFECT signs are used on designated road sections to indicate that commercial motor vehicles or trailers are restricted from using the signed road without a permit.  The restriction applies to any commercial vehicle or trailer which transmits more than 5 tonnes of weight to the highway with at least one of its axles.

    Effective April 1, 2019, the following roads will be posted with a Load restriction in effect sign:

    ROAD NAME

    ALOUETTE

    ANDREE LYNN

    ARBOUR

    ARCAND

    ASHBURTON

    AVENUE DU LAC

    BEAR LAKE

    BEAUDRY AT HIGHWAY 17

    BELLEFEUILLE

    BETTY ROAD

    BLAKE

    BRADLEY

    BRIDGE

    BURNT LAKE ROAD

    CACHE

    CARMEN

    CARON ROAD

    CAYOUETTE

    CHRETIEN CUT OFF

    CLAUDE

    CLEAR LAKE

    COMEAU

    COURCHESNE ROAD

    COUTU ROAD

    CRYSTAL FALLS

    DALCOURT

    DEER LAKE

    DE L'ETANG ROAD

    DENONVILLE

    DOKIS ROAD

    DOUGLAS

    DRIVE IN (PAST LABELLE'S PIT)

    DUCK CREEK

    DUMOULIN

    DUTRISAC ROAD (PAST TRACKS)

    EAST ROAD

    EGLISE ROAD

    EUGENE ROAD

    FILIATRAULT

    FILION

    FRAPPIER

    FRYER

    GABRIEL

    GAGNE

    GAREAU ROAD

    GAUTHIER

    GERALD

    GERARD

    GIDEON ROAD

    GINGRAS ROAD

    GIROUX-VEZINA

    GIROUX-VEZINA

    GOEGAN

    GOLF COURSE (SOUTH)

    GOLF COURSE ROAD (NORTH)

    GOULARD ROAD

    GRANDE ALLEE

    GUENETTE

    HILLMAN ROAD

    JARBEAU

    KIPLING EAST

    KIPLING WEST

    LA MONTEE SUD

    LABROSSE ROAD

    LAC CLAIR

    LAFRENIERE ROAD

    LAKEVIEW

    LAPLAGE

    LAROCQUE

    LAURIN

    leblanc (NORTH)

    LEBLANC (SOUTH OF BAY)

    LEBLOND

    LECLAIR ROAD AT HWY 64

    LECLAIR ROAD WEST

    LEDUC

    LEMIEUX ROAD / SHUSWAP

    LEVAC (UNDER THE TRACTOR SIGN)

    LEVERT DRIVE

    MARIER

    MEMQUISIT ROAD

    MERCER

    MICHEL

    MILLRAND ROAD

    MORLEY

    MOUSTIK

    MUNROE

    MUSKOSUNG

    MUSKY ISLAND ROAD

    NEEDS

    NIPISSING ROAD (PAST AUBRY ST)

    NORLAND

    NORTH AND SOUTH

    NORTH SHORE

    OLD HIGHWAY 17

    OLD HIGHWAY 17  A-FRAME

    OLD NORTH

    OLIVIER ROAD

    PARADIS

    PERCH LAKE

    PIKE

    PINE POULTRY

    PIQUETTE ROAD

    PLANTE ROAD

    POINT

    POIRIER ROAD

    PRANGS LANE

    RAINVILLE ROAD WEST & EAST

    RIVER VALLEY TOWN

    ROBIDAS

    ROCHON

    ROY (FROM END OF ROY TO QUESNEL

    SABOURIN (EAST)

    SABOURIN (WEST)

    SAVIGNAC

    SHUSWAP

    SOUTH SHORE

    ST. AMOUR (CARTIER)

    ST. AMOUR ROAD

    ST. JOSEPH

    ST. MARY'S

    STEWART

    SUNNY RIDGE

    TELLIER

    THIBEAULT

    THIBEAULT -NORTH PAST ROLE'S PIT

    TROTTIER ROAD

    VAL DES ARBRES (ALL)

    VEUVE RIVER

    April is Be a Donor Month in West Nipissing

    Be a Donor Month 

    On March 19, Council proclaimed April 2019 as Be a Donor Month" in honour of organ and tissue donation and transplant.

    Did you know that the majority of Ontarians support organ and tissue donation, yet only 33% of eligible Ontarians have registered their consent to donate? Many mistakenly believe that they are already registered as a donor, even those carrying paper donor cards.  You can verify your registration by visiting  beadonor.ca ...it only takes a few minutes! 

     

    The facts 

    Today, in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant

    1 donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue.  

    Age alone does not disqualify someone from becoming a donor

    The oldest organ donor was over 90 years old

    The oldest tissue donor was over 100 year old

    Organ and tissue donation does not impact funeral plans. 

    Your current or past medical history does not prevent you from registering to be a donor. 

     

    If you register your consent for organ and tissue donation, always remember to share  your wishes with your family. 

     

     

    Source:  Trillium Gift of Lift Network

     

     

    Notice of Consideration for a Public Liaison Committee on the West Nipissing Landfill

    On November 19, 2013, the Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing received an Amended Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for the West Nipissing Landfill “the Landfill Site”, as administered by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) approved under the Section 20.2 of Part II.I of the Environmental Protection Act R.S.O. 1990, c. E. 19; ECA Approval #3130-54MQ4X.

     

    LANDFILL LOCATION

    The West Nipissing Landfill is located at:

    West Nipissing Landfill Site (formerly L. B. Landfill)

    Lots 8 and 9 (east third), Concession 2 (And Part 1 on Reference Plan 36R-8658)

    Geographic Township of Pedley, District of Nipissing West Nipissing Municipality, Ontario

    See Map

    APPROVED USES

    The Amended ECA is for the continued use of the existing (8.5 hectares) and northeast expansion (5.2 hectares) of the Landfill Site to be used for land filling solid non-hazardous municipal waste as defined under Ontario Regulation 347, and including wastes generated by residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sectors and contaminated fill.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Under the terms and conditions of the Amended ECA, the Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing is providing an Annual Notice of Consideration to the public to establish, maintain and participate in a Public Liaison Committee (PLC) for the Landfill Site. PLC is defined by the Amended ECA, as established for the Landfill Site, pursuant to the Order of the Minister of the Environment under Section 9 of the Environmental Assessment Act to serve as a forum (or local focal point) for dissemination, review and exchange of information. It would also include information relevant to the monitoring of the of the Landfill operations, as well as maintenance, complaint resolution, and new approvals or amendments to existing approvals related to current operations.

    PUBLIC RESPONSE & ANNUAL COMPLIENCE REPORTS

    Under the Amended ECA, a thorough Annual Compliance  Report must be prepared by a qualified professional and submitted to the MOE District Manager with copies to MOE Regional Director. The Annual Compliance Report, and any public comments received, with the exception of personal information will become part of the public record in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O., 1990, c.F.31.

    Should there be no response or request by the public to establish such a PLC, the need for the PLC will be re-reviewed annually. As required observance with the Amended ECA, the report will include this notice, to demonstrate transparency in public opportunity to request a PLC for the Landfill Site. In the District of Nipissing, the French Language Services Act guarantees Ontario government services in French, hence, this notice will also be locally published in French.

    30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD

    The Municipality of West Nipissing is interested in hearing your comments on establishing or participating in a PLC for the Landfill Site. Please provide your feedback within the 30-day comment period from Monday, March 18, 2019 to Thursday, April 18, 2019.

     

    COMMENTS CAN BE SENT BY MAIL, EMAIL OR FAX to:

    Jason Sullivan, Acting Manager, Environmental Services

    225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario P2B 1T1
    Tel:  705-753-6910  |  Fax:  705-753-3950

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    Tips for Spring Thaw 2019

    March 14, 2019

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry–North Bay District and the Municipality’s Operations team are closely monitoring thawing and water conditions in the area. Mild weather and mixed precipitation will increase the probability of water levels rising and potential flooding. Outdoor enthusiasts and snowmobilers are asked to be cautious around waterways. 

    Residents should prepare their homes accordingly

    • clear ice and snow away from your home’s foundation 

    • direct the water to flow away from your home by making trenches and checking your grading

    • clear your gutters and downspouts to allow good water flow to your yard or ditch

    • make sure that your sump pump and pit are in good working condition 

    • be familiar with your backwater valve, it could help prevent sewer backup in the event that local sewer lines get flooded

    • if you have a history of flooding or are worried this year, move any valuables, furniture or electronics away from the problem area

     

    Be mindful of restrictions and unlawful practices

    Did you know it is unlawful to direct storm and ground water from your property to the sanitary collection system? Storm water drainage flows must be kept separate from the sanitary system. Regulations in the Municipal By-Law (2000/25) and the Environmental Protection Act are in place to prohibit the improper connection and discharge of storm and ground water to sanitary sewers. Sanitary pump stations and treatment plants work harder and sometimes cannot keep up when flows are too high due to storm and ground water.   Any person who fails to adhere to the regulations may be subject to fines up to $2000.00 per day. 

     

    The Municipality needs your assistance by

    • ensuring that your gutters and drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer

    • ensuring your sump pump and weeping tile are connected to the storm sewer or discharged to the surface at a swale or ditch

      

    Additional information

    Ontario’s flooding tips 

    Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings 

    Municipal By-law 2000/25 regulating discharges to municipal sewers 

    Impact of improper discharge to the sanitary sewers from the City of North Bay

     

    West Nipissing Appreciates Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

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    The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) has subsidised numerous water infrastructure projects in the Municipality of West Nipissing. The upgrades described below support our prevention and sustainability goals, and allow us to continue providing safe and reliable water services to many residents. The Municipality is appreciative of the CWWF's contributions.


    PROJECTS  

    Structural Upgrade to Wastewater Forcemain at Holditch Street Extension – WNIP-002

    • Received $150,000 in federal funding and $75,000 in provincial funding
    • The Municipality’s portion of the $350,000 project is 35%

    Replacement of Main Street Watermains – WNIP-004

    • Received $25,000 in federal funding and $12,500 in provincial funding
    • The Municipality’s portion of the $50,000 project is 25%

    Replacement and Extension of Ramsay Street Watermain – WNIP-005

    • Received $25,000 in federal funding and $12,500 in provincial funding
    • The Municipality’s portion of the $50,000 project is 25%

    Structural Upgrade of Sand Hill Area Water Services – WNIP-006

    • Received $125,000 in federal funding and $62,500 in provincial funding
    • The Municipality’s portion of the $250,000 project is 25%

    Upgrade of Manholes Throughout Sturgeon Falls – WNIP-009

    • Received $124,375 in federal funding and $62,187 in provincial funding
    • The Municipality’s portion of the $250,000 project is approximately 25%
    • The upgrade was successfully completed in 2018

     


    The CWWF funds community capital projects that address immediate drinking water, wastewater and stormwater needs fostering economic growth and supporting a cleaner and healthier environment for communities.

    The objectives of the CWWF are to:

    • Improve reliability of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems and meet legislated standards and guidelines;
    • Rehabilitate and modernize Ontario’s aging infrastructure; and
    • Accelerate short-term community infrastructure investments across Ontario.

     

        

     

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