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2014-04-30 at 13:59

Major flooding unlikely

Chase Kruger, for tbnewswatch.com
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By Chase Kruger, for tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Despite recent snow and rain, the city appears to be so far avoiding major flooding this spring.

Bill Bartley, Lakehead Region Conservation Authority chairman, says the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway is doing its job and keeping floodwaters away.

“This is a normal situation that happens every spring,” Bartley said. "The Floodway is certainly saving us from the flooding that used to happen years ago.”
The Floodway limits the flow of the Neebing River by diverting the excess flow into Lake Superior.

Although Bartley believes no major flooding will happen this spring, it's still too early to rule it out completely. The Conservation Authority will continue to keep a close watch on water levels as the forecast could change in the next few days.

“We’re watching but we’re not anticipating any major problems. But with Mother Nature being what she is, things could change”.

Bartley is still concerned about lower lying areas, as they are more likely to experience flooding. Areas like Onion Lake Road and the walkway under the James Street bridge are a few example of areas that have already experienced flooding.

“Be cautious of any low-lying areas and be cautious of any water you see because it could be deeper than you think”.

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S Duncan says:
The floodway works when its dredged and maintained to its designed operational depth.

Too bad it wasn't like that back in 2012 when the city's sewers became supercharged with rainwater due to failed maintenance of the Neebing Mcintyre Floodway.

Too bad they didn't look after it the way it was supposed to be looked after, but then again the city always has big ideas but never the commitment to maintain them.
4/30/2014 4:18:30 PM
optimist says:
I have never commented before, but have read yours. You seem to complain a lot.
5/1/2014 8:30:10 AM
unionbay880 says:
You must be new here.
5/1/2014 12:44:06 PM
ANVIL OF CROM says:
with a moniker like 'optimist"
....very new.
5/1/2014 3:43:32 PM
pylon says:
Floodway is not the city, it's the LRCA.
4/30/2014 8:58:57 PM
TBDR says:
uh it's both actually, and the LRCA is partially funded by the city.
5/1/2014 12:51:40 AM
mikevirtanen1961 says:
The City is mandated by the Province to fund the LRCA, and has no input into their operations.
5/1/2014 2:42:56 PM
Jack Frost says:
Two years and still NO flood prevention and or protection for the McKellar Ward and all other affected areas of this small broken city, what exactly will it take... another catastrophic flood and another senseless major lawsuit ?!?!

I expect and demand better for my TAX dollars !

McKellar Ward flood victim(s)...
4/30/2014 10:31:58 PM
othersideofcoin says:
get over it
5/1/2014 8:47:32 AM
Tannoy says:
The city has been replacing old sewer lines every time they dig up a street, theres been extra money put towards this since the flood. It cant all be replaced over night. Maybe you should move to the southern usa where they get tornadoes instead? Maybe you would be happier there?
5/1/2014 11:27:46 AM
Str8_187_ReBeL says:
The flooding of May 2012 was a obvious disaster...If ppl actually seen the disaster on 2012 arond the world they would have a diffferent perspective on nature
5/1/2014 4:44:41 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
LRCA, what do they actually do?
5/1/2014 8:21:42 AM
northender101 says:
I knew someone that worked at the LRCA who it was the worst job they ever had.
5/1/2014 10:40:56 AM
Tannoy says:
How is this relevant? Some clown doesn't like where they work and that means the entire organization is bad? Even if it was it still has nothing to do with anything. The floodway IS doing its job, why is everyone complaining?
5/1/2014 11:30:28 AM
northender101 says:
Not relavent. Just heard some bad stories about that place.
5/1/2014 4:13:47 PM
Rusty Nails says:
Reply to "othersideofcoin" and others...

The devastating flood of 28 May '12 is certainly very easy to shrug off and minimize if you were not directly affected as countless city flood victims were...

It has affected so many in very different ways including reduced or no future flood insurance coverage for many if not most.

You can and will surely understand only after you are a flood victim(s) yourselves...

Some people only have a heart of coal, much like their brains !!

Flood prevention protection is a required must for these vulnerable city areas !!

So sad !!
5/1/2014 5:43:25 PM
whatelseisnew says:
That picture was very hard for me to look at. My mothers basement flooded with clear water and only 4 inches but many of my friends had raw sewage in their houses and I felt for them so hard.

I myself was lucky and didn't get flooded. I own a 950 square foot home that I live in alone and had TWO families of FOUR living with me for a month because of the cities negligence!

If a flood like that EVER happens again with sewage in basements the city deserves whatever it has coming! As for my friends...a month long sleepover was honestly a bit fun :) XO
5/3/2014 8:36:59 PM
wilbar says:
the photo above from what I understand was not caused by river flooding -- it was the city not maintaining the sewage treatment plant and it came up through your floor!!!
5/3/2014 2:46:41 PM
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