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”.