The Ministry of Natural Resources (Fort Frances District) is reminding area residents that a flood warning remains in effect for the Atikokan, Fort Frances, and Rainy River areas.
Recent rainfall has resulted in very high inflow conditions throughout all watersheds within the district, including the Seine River, Atikokan River, Rainy Lake, and Lake of the Woods.
However, information from the International Joint Commission indicates that based on the current precipitation forecast, the level of Rainy Lake is expected to decline by 10-15 cm (four-six inches) over the next week.
The MNR is closely monitoring the weather and watershed as conditions develop.
To date, the MNR has committed personnel and resources (including more than 140,000 sandbags) to unincorporated areas, municipalities, and First Nations’ communities.
Meanwhile, extreme caution is still advised:
- around any fast-moving creeks and rivers;
- on area lakes due to the potential for submerged hazards and floating debris; and
- on all forest access roads due to the potential for water on roads, washouts, and heavy rutting.
The public should avoid travelling on unfamiliar roads or crossing any submerged roads as there may be a risk to traveller safety.
Barricades are erected at roads where known washouts or dangerous driving conditions have been observed.
The MNR, Resolute Forest Products, and Rainy Lake Tribal Resource Management Inc. are monitoring forest resource access roads in the area to identify hazards.