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North Bay makes sandbags available amid flooding concerns

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Following the flood warnings issued for the Lake Nipissing shoreline on Friday, the City of North Bay is making sand and sandbags available to area residents free of charge.

Yellow wooden pallets with white sandbags outside in the summer. (File photo/Tatiana Kuklina/Shutterstock)

A sandbag filling station has been set up at Sunset Park, which is located at the end of Sunset Boulevard.

The city is making the sand and sandbags available to prevent shoreline or property damage as water levels in Lake Nipissing continue to rise with strong westerly winds causing waves.

“Sandbags are intended to be used for reinforcing breakwalls and acting as barriers to prevent water from reaching structures,” said city officials in a news release Sunday.

“Area residents and visitors, especially those in low-lying areas, are encouraged to monitor the conditions as they develop and take proper precautions during times of high flows.”

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority issued a flood warning for the Lake Nipissing shoreline in the City of North Bay and Municipality of Callander and the Parks Creek watershed and is advising the public to keep pets and children away from waterways and shorelines.

The sandbag filling station will be open until 8 p.m. on Sunday and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday.

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