UPDATED: Flooding in Jocko Point

Lake level dropping slowly as inflows stabilize; no rain in forecast this week

Last Updated: Monday, June 17, 2019 at 1:30pm

The average level on Lake Nipissing has dropped to 196.28m, a decrease of 3cm since Friday morning. The level on the lake has declined 1cm/day over the last 5 days. Lake Nipissing levels remain vulnerable to significant precipitation events and strong winds. There is no rain or significantly strong wind speeds in this week’s forecast.

View the HOURLY, 36 HOUR and 7 DAY forecasts for North Bay, and click here to view the current water level on Lake Nipissing. You can also use WINDFINDER to monitor wind speeds and rain activity in real time.

The MNRF has downgraded the Flood Warning to a Flood Watch as of June 17. Read the latest BULLETIN issued June 17 and WATER SAFETY STATEMENT issued June 3.

Dam Management Details

Due to widespread rainfall over the watershed before the weekend, the three-day average inflow remained high and lake levels only dropped slightly. As there is very little rain over the coming days, inflows are expected to continue to drop through the week.

Lake levels may continue to drop 1-2cm per day on average over the next several days, but will ultimately depend on rate of evaporation and actual amount of rain over the coming days.


All inquiries and requests for assistance should be directed to:
Melvin McLeod, NFN Emergency Services Manager, at 705-493-6508

We have a stockpile of filled sand bags on stand-by at Jocko Point should we get inclement weather. At this time, volunteers will be called for on an as needed basis. Please watch our website and NFN Administration Facebook page for volunteer call-outs, and thank you to EVERYONE who has answered the calls to date!


Safety Measures

Drinking Water

Residents whose drinking water may be compromised should seek an alternative source of drinking water until flood waters have receded and their water source is tested and demonstrated to be safe.

Note that water testing should only be done on wells that are NOT submerged. Please follow all Instructions on Collecting & Sending Water Samples carefully and drop off samples to:

* North Bay-Parry Sound Health Unit – 345 Oak Street W
Monday – Thursday from 7:30am – 3:00pm
* West Nipissing Municipal Building – 225 Holditch
Wednesday only from 8:30am – 2:00pm

Testing reports will be mailed to residents when completed. People can call the Health Unit at 705-474-1400 for more information, or contact Carole at NFN Health Services at 705-753-3312.

The Environmental Health Officer for Indigenous Services Canada will be conducting assessments and testing wells after flood waters have receded. Ray Alatalo can be reached at 705-671-0760 or ray.alatalo@canada.ca.

Water testing kits are available at the Jocko Point Community Centre. Bottled water is also available at the Community Centre for anyone who is concerned that their well may have been compromised.

Resources

Drinking Water Disinfection Instruction Sheet
Public Health Ontario Information about Well Water Testing
How to Clean up After a Flood

Septic Systems

During the Flood: Do not pump your septic tank during flooded or saturated drainfield conditions. Pumping it out could cause the tank to float out of the ground and may damage the inlet and outlet pipes. The best solution is to plug all drains in the basement and drastically reduce water use in the house.

After the Flood: Do not use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house. Have your septic tank professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage. Click here for more information.

The North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority also has some good information about Sewage Systems during a flood.

Union Gas

Union Gas Reps were in Jocko Point on May 23rd to evaluate conditions and any potential issues with natural gas infrastructures (meters, service lines, etc.) If a gas meter was submerged or had the potential to be submerged under water, the meter was shut off and locked until the area is safe.

If any natural gas equipment (furnace, hot water tank, fireplace etc.) have been damaged or sub merged under water the resident must have the unit serviced prior to regular operation of the unit.

Union Gas 24 hour Emergency Number: 1-877-969-0999
Customer Service: 1-888-774-3111 (customers can call to have meter turned back on once it is safe to do so, if their meter is locked off)

Electricity

If you are concerned about water entering your dwelling, you should shut off electrical panels. The Electrical Safety Authority will be waiving reconnection fees in regard to the restoration of electrical services in flood damaged areas.

For anyone who has already paid this fee, a full refund will be provided through the customer service centre at 1-877-372-7233. You may find the ESA’s press release here, which includes four important steps to follow if your property has flooded.


The boat launches in Jocko Point and Beaucage have been re-opened to residents. West Nipissing has re-opened the boat launch at Minnehaha Bay on June 7th and the boat launch on Holditch Street re-opened on June 13th.

BOATERS are urged to stay away from affected areas for your safety and to help protect already vulnerable shorelines in low-lying areas. There is a lot of dangerous debris in the lake (logs, docks, decks), and any ripples or wave action can cause additional damage to shoreline properties in low-lying areas.

OPP & MNRF will be out monitoring and there is a $200 fine for operating a boat in a manner that endangers the safety of persons or property and you are responsible for the cost of any repairs or restitution for damages your boat causes. Please observe the un-posted speed limit of 10km/h (6 mph) within 30 meters (100 ft) from shore. Learn more about shoreline speed restrictions here: https://bit.ly/2Qc7tvx


Updates & Resources


STAY SAFE!!! A reminder that shorelines and banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery and unstable, posing a serious hazard when combined with cold open water. Residents are advised to stay away from these areas, and to especially keep children and pets away from all watercourses and waterbodies for their safety.


Miigwech / Thank You

We greatly appreciate the assistance that volunteer firefighters, community members, students from various local schools, businesses and service clubs in the region are contributing to sandbagging efforts and providing meals, snacks and refreshments for volunteers and community members.

There are many individuals and businesses who deserve thanks and acknowledgement for supporting Jocko Point and Beaucage residents through this difficult time. At this time, it’s hard to keep track of them all, but please know that your generous support is very much appreciated. Chi-Miigwech (thank you very much!)

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