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Flood Warning extended for Sudbury and Parry Sound districts

MNRF predicts 20-25 mm of rainfall over the next five days
Flood Warning extended for Sudbury and Parry Sound districts until May 31 (File)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has extended their Flood Warning for Sudbury and Parry Sound Districts until May 31. 

Areas at risk of flooding, are the West Arm area of Lake Nipissing, French River and Lower Pickerel River Watersheds; including the Municipality of St. Charles, Municipality of French River, Municipality of Killarney, McConkey Township, Blair Township, Mowat Township, and Henvey Inlet First Nation.

A flood warning is issued by MNRF when flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities. 

At this point in time, Lake Nipissing water levels are 0.30 m above the maximum 'non-damage' water level of 196.22 m, said a press release by MNRF. With inflows into the lake rising daily, this is also contributing to high water levels and flows into French River. 

Water levels are expected to rise over the next couple of days, with MNRF predicting with 5-10 mm of rainfall today, contributing to a total of 20-25 mm over the next five days. 

"Municipalities and residents, especially those in low-lying areas and along shorelines, are encouraged to monitor these conditions and prepare accordingly," said MNRF in a press release. 

"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."