Timmins prepares for flooding as water rises

Officials in Timmins say the Mattagami river has risen by almost two meters since Saturday and will go higher over the next 24 hours.

Mattagami River up more than a meter this week, expected to go higher over next 24 hours

Water is rising on the Mattagami River in Timmins. (City of Timmins)

Officials in Timmins are keeping a close eye on rising water.

The city said the Mattagami river has risen by almost two meters since Saturday.

It was expected to go up to the two meter mark in the next 24 hours.

The city of Timmins said anyone with property close to the river needs to prepare for potential flooding.

Sand bags are available at several locations:

  • East End: Three locations — Tisdale Public Works Shops, Bristol Road near Hwy 101, Crawford & Golden Avenue.
  • Timmins: North End of Confederation Sports Complex adjacent to playground on Cameron Street.
  • West End: Mountjoy Arena near tennis courts.
  • Kamiskotia: Near Leclair Avenue and Kamiskotia Highway.

The City of Timmins said several roads are closed because of flooding:

  • Jaguar Road, about 1km north of Hwy 101 west.
  • Norman Street, north of Lafleur Bridge (only local traffic allowed).
  • Evans Street, South Porcupine.
  • Section of Bristol Road.
  • Lakeside Road.

The OPP have also asked boaters to stay off the Mattagami River because the high water could conceal docks and other hazards.

Water levels are also high on Porcupine Lake and Kamiskotia Lake.

And several city roads in Timmins were closed Friday morning due to flooding.

Elsewhere, spring runoff has closed Hwy 101, between Wawa and Chapleau.