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Flood warning remains in effect for Lower French River

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 23, 2014 - 4:33 PM |
The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds residents in the Lower French River area that a flood warning remains in effect.

The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds residents in the Lower French River area that a flood warning remains in effect.

The Ministry of Natural Resources - Sudbury District is advising area residents along the Lower French River that a Flood Warning remains in effect.

Closer to home, MNR advises residents in Sudbury, Manitoulin Island, Markstay-Warren, Wanup, St. Charles, Espanola, areas of the North-shore and the unorganized townships south of Sudbury that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety is in effect.

The key watersheds included in this statement are the Aux Sables River, Mindemoya River, Spanish River, Wanapitei River, Veuve River, Onaping River and Vermillion River.

Residents in these areas should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams.

For residents in the the French River area caution is advised. There has been some localized flooding in the low-lying areas of the Lower French River. Residents should take necessary action to secure or protect property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas, and to use caution in and around the water.

The weather forecast in the Sudbury District is calling for no precipitation in the next few days. Temperatures are expected to be within the seasonal norms, with a high of 20 degrees on Friday and then slightly warmer through the weekend.

After the recent precipitation, the flows and water levels have increased and remain high throughout the French River watershed, including Lake Nipissing.

While the lower French River in Sudbury District has declined slightly, the water is still quite high with fast flows and some localized flooding.

These elevated water levels and flows are expected to remain high through the weekend and into next week as Water Managers continue to work on balancing the system.

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