Traffic Notice • Filming in Sturgeon Falls on August 13, 2019

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We are pleased to welcome another film production company to our community. On August 13, a Hallmark Production company will be filming in Sturgeon falls.

A portion of King Street (Queen and Front), will be closed from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. During filming throughout the day, traffic flow may also be interrupted intermittently. OPP officers will be on site to manage traffic accordingly.

Front Street will not be affected. Traffic proceeding East or West along Front Street with the intention of turning onto King Street will be re-directed to a detour, as well as traffic approaching the intersection of King and Queen.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

August 9, 2019 • Maclean's ranks West Nipissing as top community in Northern Ontario.

August 9, 2019

The Municipality of West Nipissing was ranked the top amongst Northern Ontario communities and #82 overall in Maclean's annual ranking for “Best communities in Canada 2019”.

The ranking by Maclean’s included data on 415 communities across the country and listed which communities in Canada offer the best quality of life. The rankings were based on points awarded in 10 categories including wealth and economy, affordability, health, weather, crime, commute, taxes, demographics, culture and community, and amenities.

Similarly, in 2018, MoneySense ranked West Nipissing as the best place to live in Canada with low property taxes.
https://www.moneysense.ca/spend/real-estate/best-places-to-live-in-canada-low-taxes-2018-100/

This is not the first time West Nipissing is recognized as one of the best communities, and it will certainly not be the last.” Says Mayor Joanne Savage  “The story of our vibrant and charming community is making its way across Canada. As proud hosts of the 2019 IPM, we will soon have a greater opportunity to share our quality of life with others from around the world. Every one of us who is proud to call West Nipissing home knows that our Joie de vivre shines through our great services and the generous people of our municipality. We may be #82 on this list, but West Nipissing will always be the best.

Other rankings from Northern Ontario communities 

116. Greater Sudbury
133. Kenora
138. North Bay
152. Timmins
215. Sault Ste. Marie
223. Elliot Lake
241. Temiskaming Shores

Click here to see Macleans full ranking 

 

 

 

August 8, 2019 • Harmful Blue-Green Algae found in Northwest Bay area of Lake Nipissing near Lavigne

 

NEWS RELEASE (North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit)

August 8, 2019

HARMFUL BLUE-GREEN ALGAE NEAR LAVIGNE

LAVIGNE, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) would like to advise the public that a harmful algae bloom (cyanobacteria), also known as blue-green algae, has been found in the Northwest Bay area of Lake Nipissing, near Lavigne.  Species of the algae capable of producing toxins were confirmed by the laboratory of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.  The toxins in harmful algae can irritate the skin and, if swallowed, cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Residents of Lavigne may be affected depending on their closeness to the algae bloom, wind direction, water flow, and other environmental conditions that cannot be predicted or controlled. Due to the many factors involved, government authorities are unable to determine where and when there are no toxins. Users are advised to exercise their judgment before using the water. For further details on the location of the algae bloom, and sampling process, contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks - Spills Action Centre - 1-800-268-6060.

If you live near where a bloom was detected or where a bloom is visible, follow these safety measures:

  • Do not use the water. This includes drinking, cooking, bathing, and brushing teeth. Note: Using a private water system or boiling the water will not destroy the toxins.
  • Do not swim and avoid water sports when a bloom is present.
  • If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water then rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae.
  • Limit the amount of fish flesh you eat. Some toxins can build up in fish and shellfish. Do not eat the liver, kidneys and other organs. Be careful not to cut the organs when filleting.The Health Unit has not closed the beaches, but rather advises individuals that they need to take caution in the area.
  • You can find out more about harmful algae at myhealthunit.ca/algae or by calling the Health Unit at 705-474-1400, ext. 5400 or 1-800-563-2808.

    Quick Facts

  • Cyanobacteria – also called harmful algae, blue-green algae or ‘pond scum’ – are not really algae, but tiny bacteria.
  • Although usually hard to see, during hot weather they can grow rapidly to form a large mass, called a bloom. Blooms continually change and are difficult to predict. Wind, temperature or sunlight could change where the bloom is located in the water.
  • Dense harmful algae blooms may make the water look bluish-green, or like green pea soup or turquoise paint. Very dense blooms may form solid-looking clumps.
  • Fresh blooms often smell like newly mown grass, while older blooms may smell like rotting garbage.
  • Even when a bloom has disappeared, toxins can persist in water bodies for a period of time.
  • Long-term toxin exposure at high levels may cause liver and nervous system damage.
  • Media Inquiries

    Alex McDermid, Public Relations Specialist
    P: 705-474-1400, ext. 5221 or 1-800-563-2808
    E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Public Notice • August 8, 2019 • Update on Discoloured water in Verner #2

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    August 8, 2019 

     

    Verner Water Discolouration Update #2

     

     

    Water treatment at the Verner Plant is showing favourable results and tap water discolouration due to high manganese levels is beginning to subside. Although some households may still be experiencing some residual colour, to the best of our knowledge the conditions should continue to improve.

    Verner residents who have not yet received the maximum of 4 cases of bottled water can obtain them until 7 p.m. today (August 8) at the Verner Fire Hall. The Clean Water Truck for dispensing into personal jugs and containers will also be on site until 7 p.m. today. The water bottles will remain available by appointment for those in need on Friday, August 9, 2019 until 4:00 p.m. For assistance, please contact the West Nipissing Fire and Emergency Services at 705-753-1170.

    The Municipality will take remedial actions again should conditions change. Council and the Municipality continue to evaluate long-term measures to rectify the issue permanently.

    Thank you to the residents and volunteers for your patience and collaboration.

     

     

     

    Public Notice • August 7, 2019 • Update on Discoloured water in Verner

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    August 7, 2019 

    Verner Water Discolouration Update

     

    A special meeting of the Council was held on August 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the matter of discolouration in the Municipal Water System in Verner. During the meeting, Council and staff discussed the situation carefully and options were raised to provide immediate assistance to the affected residents. Council and the Municipality will be actively looking at long-term measures to rectify the situation permanently.

    Effective at noon today (August 7) the water fill station located at the Verner arena will be closed until further notice. The dumping station will remain accessible to the public; however, water will not be available.

    Cases of bottled water will be available today at the Verner Fire Hall until 7 p.m. and again tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The set limit of 2 cases per household has been increased to 4 cases for the week. Households that received 2 cases this week will have access to another 2, for a total of 4 cases.  Note that those who have already received 4 cases this week have reached their limit for that time being. Additionally, a Clean Water Truck will be available at the Verner Fire Hall tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., to provide residents with a service to dispense water into personal water jugs/containers. 

    We understand that water discolouration has been an ongoing issue and that it has caused inconveniences for residents. A credit of $20.00 will be applied to the water bills of affected residents, to account for any incidentals such as laundry fees, or others that may have been incurred. 

    Note that the actions described above are in light of Council's request to assist the affected residents as a show of goodwill and should not be interpreted as an acknowledgement of liability. We appreciate your patience as we work on finding a permanent solution. We will update residents as new information becomes available or the status of the water supply changes.

     

     

     

     

    Public Notice • Verner Water Update • August 6

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    August 6, 2019

    Some areas in Verner are still experiencing and reporting discolouration in the Municipal Water System. 

    Bottled water will be made available today and tomorrow (August 6, 7) at the Verner Fire Hall at 13 Principal Street, W, 10 am to 7 pm. Note that a set limit of 2 cases per household is in place to ensure water availability for all. Note that residents that were given 2 cases last week will be given another 2 cases for the next few days. 

    We will update residents as new information becomes available or the status of the water supply changes. We appreciate your patience as we work on finding a permanent solution.

     

     

    Public Notice • Discoloured Water in Verner

    UPDATE (Friday, August 2nd) 

    Bottled water will be available at the Verner Fire Hall today from 10 a.m. to 6. p.m. and Saturday, August 3rd. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 


     

    Public Notice
    Verner Water Discolouration  

    August 1, 2019

    Verner residents have been experiencing discolouration in the municipal water supply due to higher levels of manganese in the Veuve River. Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in the environment from natural sources and is distributed in air, water, and soil. Despite the unappealing colour, at times accompanied by an undesired taste and smell, the water is bacteriologically safe.

    Due to the reoccurring fluctuations in the Veuve River, the manganese levels are high this year and proving difficult to treat. We recognize that water discolouration has been an ongoing issue and that it has caused concerns amongst residents, understandably so. The Municipality is looking at taking long-term measures to rectify the situation permanently. We are working with the Ontario Clean Water Agency to adjust our current treatment measures, while in compliance with provincial regulations. Although Manganese is unappealing, it is an aesthetic concern, we must continue to ensure the safe treatment and distribution of water to our residents.

    With these adjustments in the treatment, we are hopeful that the discolouration in the water will improve by the weekend. In the meantime, the Municipality will be providing bottled water to those affected by the Municipal Water System. Bottled water will be available at the Verner Fire Hall at 13 Principal Street, W, from 1 pm to 8 pm today (August 1st). An update will be provided in regards to pick up hours for tomorrow (Friday, August 2), subject to water availability. 

    We will update residents as new information becomes available, or the status of the water supply changes. We appreciate your patience as we work on finding a permanent solution.

    Municipality of West Nipissing

     

     

     

     

     

    Good morning,

     

    Bottled water will be made available today at the Verner Fire Hall as of 10 am until 6pm. An update has been posted on social media, and the web, and will be shared with local media. 

     

    Regards,

    Annual Maintenance Shutdown • Community & Recreation Centre • August 5-18, 2019

     

    PUBLIC NOTICE 

    Annual Maintenance - Community & Recreation Centre 

    The Community and Recreation Centre is scheduled for its Annual Maintenance Shutdown on August 5-18. The Pool and Fitness Centre will be closed during this time. The office will remain open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    We thank you for your patience. 

     

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    July 15, 2019 · Restriction Lifted for Outdoor Water Use in Verner

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    July 15, 2019

    Restriction on Outdoor Water Use in Verner Lifted

     

    The restriction on lawn watering and outdoor water use in Verner has been LIFTED. Residents are cautioned to use their water responsibly and to not abuse their water usage.The Municipality reminds residents using the municipal water system  to respect the Watering of Lawns By-law 2011/50. Those with an even numbered address may water their lawn on even numbered dates, and those with an odd numbered address may water their lawn on odd numbered dates.

     

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation

     


    Request for Proposal • Concession Services for the Sturgeon Falls Arena

    Request for Proposal 

    The Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing is seeking proposals for concession services for the Sturgeon Falls Arena.

    Proposal Document- Concession Services for  the Sturgeon Falls Arena

    Deadline for submission of proposals is 2 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

    The Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing
    101-225 Holditch Street
    Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
    P2B 1T1
    705.753.2250

     

    July 8, 2019 · Notice of Contructions on Holditch Street

    PROJECT: Watermain Replacement Project

    LOCATION: Holditch (William to John)


    The Municipality of West Nipissing will be undertaking construction of the 2019 Capital Project noted above, commencing July 8, 2019. The project is anticipated to be completed in 3 to 4 weeks.  

    The exact timing of the project is currently in discussion, however this notice is being sent to residents in order to advise of the potential for traffic disruption, noise, dust and some minor traffic delay, as the work is carried out.

    Construction crews will try to limit the extent of noise and other construction inconveniences during these projects.  Traffic disruptions should be expected at times, and we ask residents to drive with care in the construction area.  A Site Supervisor will be available for the duration of the work to liaise with residents.

    Any work which will involve repaving will be subject to a five (5) year no-cut policy.  Accordingly, if any resident intends to install any services (water or sewer) which will require the cutting of the asphalt, they are advised to contact us immediately to ensure that such services can be installed prior to the no-cut policy taking effect.

    Should you have any questions or concerns please call:

    Public Works Department
    Operations Centre
    705-753-0952

    After Hours Emergency

    705-753-1170

    July 5, 2019 · Notice to Ratepayers · 2019 Tax Bills

    Notice to Ratepayers 

    Please be advised that the 2019 Tax Bills have been mailed. 

    The instalment dates are as follows:

    July 25, 2019

    September 26, 2019

    If you have not received your tax bill by July 12 2019, please contact the Municipal Office at 705-753-2250.

    July 4, 2019 · Summer Activities in West Nipissing

    Make it a summer to remember!

    Minnehaha Bay Marina, 300 King Street

    • Secure vehicle and trailer parking and boat fuel station
    • Twiggs Coffee Roasters, licensed restaurant
    • Convenience store, tackle, washrooms and showers
    • Steps away from a splash park and from downtown 
    • Bayview Market venue
    • Learn more about the Marina and other municipal boat launches

    Summer Fun

    Completion of Study• Class EA for the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre • Sludge Treatment and Biosolids Management

    NOTICE  OF COMPLETION

     

    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:

    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 Class EA Project File Report documenting the study process and the preferred alternative solution is available for public review at the Municipal Office. The Report will be published and made available until July 19, 2019.  

    Municipal Building                                                                     
    225 Holditch Street, Suite 101                                                  
    Sturgeon Falls, ON, P2B 1T1                                                     
    Hours:   Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm                                      
    Tel: (705) 753-2250    

    Interested persons should provide written comments to:

    Mr.Chris Cecchetto
    Project Manager
    AECOM Canada Ltd.
    1361 Paris Street, Suite 105
    Sudbury, ON, P3E 3B6
    T: 705.674.8343
    F:705.674.1694

    Mr. Peter Ming, P. Eng. 
    Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations
    Municipality of West Nipissing
    225 Holditch Street
    Sturgeon Falls, ON, P2B 1T1
    T: 705.753.6954
    F: 705.753.4981

    If concerns arise regarding this project that cannot be resolved through discussion with the Municipality of West Nipissing, a person/party may request the Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a “Part II Order).  A Part II Order request must be received by the Minister at the address below no later than July 19, 2019. A copy of the Part II Order request must also be sent to the above indicated contacts. If there are no Part II Order requests received, the proposed works will proceed to the design and construction phases as outlined in the Project File Report.
     
    Minister of the Environment
    12th Floor, 135 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P5

     

     

                                                                           

     

                                                                

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Watermain Replacement Project • Main Street (Railway to Salter)

     

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    Project: Watermain Replacement Project 

    Location: Main Street (Railway to Salter) 

     

    The Municipality of West Nipissing will be undertaking the construction of the 2019 Capital Project noted above, commencing June 17, 2019. The project is anticipated to be completed in 3 to 4 weeks.  

    The exact timing of the project is currently uncertain, however, this notice is being sent to residents in order to advise of the potential for traffic disruption, noise, dust and some minor traffic delay, as the work is carried out.

    Construction crews will try to limit the extent of noise and other construction inconveniences during these projects.  Traffic disruptions should be expected at times, and we ask residents to drive with care in the construction area.  A Site Supervisor will be available for the duration of the work to liaise with residents.

    Any work which will involve repaving will be subject to a five (5) year no-cut policy.  Accordingly, if any resident intends to install any services (water or sewer) which will require the cutting of the asphalt, they are advised to contact us immediately to ensure that such services can be installed prior to the no-cut policy taking effect.

    Should you have any questions or concerns please call:

    Public Works Department
    Operations Centre
    705-753-0952

    After Hours Emergency
    705-753-1170

     

    June 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Emergency Declaration Lifted

     

    Public Notice
    Emergency Declaration Lifted 

    June 10, 2019, 3:00 pm

     

    On June 10, 2019,  Mayor Joanne Savage lifted the Emergency Declaration for the Municipality of West Nipissing that was declared under the Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act, on May 9, 2019. Lake Nipissing’s water level has receded to an average of 196.30 m.  While some areas in the community remain impacted by high water levels, the flooding conditions are anticipated to improve over the coming days.

    Road closures for Hillman Road and Avenue du Lac have been lifted as of June 10, 2019.  All other road closures remain in effect.  Motorists are reminded to adhere to road closure signs until further notice. 

    For safety reasons, boat launch availability is still limited. The Secondary Boat Launch in Cache Bay and the launch at Minnehaha Bay remain available for the public. Boaters are urged to navigate respectfully to limit wake and to be cautious of floating debris.

    The Municipality will continue to provide support to affected residences and will monitor levels closely. Emergency Services and Operations Crews will continue to patrol and assess the conditions of roads. 

    We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

    For any flood-related concerns or inquiries, residents can contact us at 705.753.1171.

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Helpful Links

    MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - June 3, 2019

    MNRF North Bay District Watershed Statement - June 3, 2019

    Ontario Flood Map

    Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

    Water Level and Flow Information

     

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

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

    Call 1-844-780-8925

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

    Apply for disaster recovery assistance

    Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

     

    Current Boat Launch Closures in Effect 

  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch
  • 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.
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    Accommodations and Assistance 

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

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Contact Info

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

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    June 5, 2019 · Public Notice · OPP Transition June 6, 2019

     

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    As of noon on June 6, 2019, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will provide policing services to the Municipality of West Nipissing and surrounding area from the Nipissing West OPP Community Policing Office (CPO) located at 216 John Street, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. The West Nipissing Police will no longer be operating out of the 225 Holditch office.  

    Important OPP telephone contact information:

     1-888-310-1122 – For immediate 24/7 assistance, or to report an incident (non-emergency).

    For administrative matters during business hours, such as Criminal Record checks:

    705-967-2913 – Warren OPP Satellite Detachment.

    705-495-3878 – North Bay OPP Detachment.

    Criminal Record Checks

    If the request is for a vulnerable sector records check or for volunteer work, a letter from the employer must be provided to police.

    The cost is $25.00. If attending the Warren Detachment the exact amount in cash is required. If attending the North Bay Detachment only debit or credit will be accepted.

    A resident must attend in person with payment to initiate the process. A record check can take up to three weeks to be completed. 

     

    Dial 9-1-1 – In case of an Emergency.

    The Municipality thanks West Nipissing Police Service for their commitment to the community and years of service. The Municipality welcomes Inspector Michael Maville and the Nipissing West OPP Detachment to the region.

     

    May 22, 2019 · Flood Damage and Disaster Recovery Assistance

    Once the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians 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 should contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.  

     

    Learn more about the program:

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

    Call 1-844-780-8925

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

    Visit Apply for disaster recovery assistance

     

    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.

     

        

     

    June 7, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 13

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 13

    June 7, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Lake Nipissing’s water level has receded to an average of 196.37 m. Minimal precipitation and warmer temperatures are forecasted over the weekend, which should cause the water levels to continue to recede or remain stable.

    The Minnehaha Bay Boat Launch will be reopened as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019. Marina Services will not be available over the weekend; however, the Launch will be open for public use at no charge. The Secondary Boat Launch in Cache Bay remains open. All other Municipal launches are closed until further notice. Boaters are urged to respect the NO WAKE ZONE and should plan accordingly, anticipating for a slower return trip.

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    •  Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    •  Navigate with caution and respect NO WAKE regulations 

    Motorists are reminded to adhere to road closure signs as road closures remain in effect.

    We will provide updates as new information becomes available. For any flood-related concerns or inquiries, contact us at 705.753.1171.


     


     

    Additional Information 

    Helpful Links

    MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - June 3, 2019

    MNRF North Bay District Watershed Statement - June 3, 2019

    Ontario Flood Map

    Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

    Water Level and Flow Information

     

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

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

    Call 1-844-780-8925

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

    Apply for disaster recovery assistance

    Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

     

    Current Boat Launch Closures in Effect 

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

    Accommodations and Assistance 

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

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are 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. 

     

    Contact Info

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

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 27, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 11

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 11

    May 27, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Lake Nipissing’s water level has increased to 196.54m over the weekend. Minimal precipitation and wind are forecasted for the next five days, which could cause water levels to remain stable. 

    Vehicle speeding and unnecessary driving on closed roads has been reported in flood-affected areas. The Municipality and Emergency Services strongly urge motorists to adhere to road closure signs to avoid making waves and causing additional damage to affected properties and roads. Local traffic is permitted for residents who need access to their primary residences only. Any other motorists travelling on closed roads can be fined under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. 

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

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

     


     

     

    Additional Information 

     

    Helpful Links

    MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - May 24, 2019

    Ontario Flood Map

    Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

    Water Level and Flow Information

     

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

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

    Call 1-844-780-8925

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

    Apply for disaster recovery assistance

    Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures

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

    Accommodations and Assistance 

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

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are 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.

     

    Contact Info

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

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

     

    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 24, 2019 · MNRF UPDATED FLOOD WARNING

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect for Lake Temagami, the Sturgeon River, Lake Nipissing and French River until Thursday, May 30, 2019.

     

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

    Click here to view the latest Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District Bulletin: Wednesday, May 24, 2019

    May 23, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 10

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 10

    May 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Based on the forecasted rainfall and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing levels are expected to remain high over the next several days. Road conditions are relatively stable and Closures remain in effect. The water levels on the roads continue to fluctuate due to changes in wind direction. Crews continue to monitor water levels in the area and flag any potential hazards caused by water over the roads.

    The Cache Bay Boat Launch on Teal Road (Park Rd) remains available.  All other Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne are closed until further notice.

    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 

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

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

    Learn more about the program:

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

    Call 1-844-780-8925

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

    Visit Apply for disaster recovery assistance

     

    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

     

    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.

     

    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 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. 

     

     

    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 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.
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    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. 

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