As the flooding situation continues across much of northwestern Ontario, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry in addition to several municipalities and the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority have been providing notices to the public to take precautions when travelling on area roads and waterways.
As you begin to open for the season, here are some key messages you can and should share with your guests:
- Remind boaters to beware as higher than normal water levels in northwestern Ontario have caused floating debris and submerged hazards, like boathouses and docks, which can pose a serious threat to their safety.
- In areas of flooding, exercise increased caution both on and off the water as water levels continue to rise.
- Don’t drive through, stand or walk in any moving water. Stay off the roads if possible. This is to avoid unnecessary traffic and allow emergency services to get through.
- Visit www.ontario.ca/floods for more information on the current flooding situation.
- Visit Ontario’s 511 website for up-to-date information on road and highway closures.
We recognize that many of you have been directly impacted by the flood event – through damage to infrastructure or through cancelled bookings. This comes after two very tough years for the industry. We hope water levels stabilize soon and a more normal tourism season can resume.
Regional Resources Manager, Northwest Region