The Ministry of Natural Resources issued a flood warning Tuesday afternoon for the Michipicoten River watershed, near White River and Wawa.

This is in addition to an on-going flood warning for the White River watershed, as flooding on the White River, White Lake and the Michipicoten River continues.

The ministry has asked residents along the White River and Michipicoten River to monitor conditions closely and to use extreme caution around water, as water levels on streams, rivers and lakes can change quickly.

Flooding has occurred in the lower areas of Pic Mobert First Nation, but the ministry reports the water level at White Lake is slowly decreasing.

Flooding continues, however, at the marina area near the Michipicoten River in Wawa. Boat launches at the marina have been affected by the high flows.

The ministry also reports White Lake remains above its upper lake summer operating level and the White River is experiencing very high flows. There is still ice across the upper portion of White Lake, although the southern end is now free of ice.

The ministry also noted the following in a press release:

  • High water levels will persist until forecast rain subsides. Up to 25 mm of rain is forecast over the next 24 hours near White Lake, potentially increasing the amount of water entering the river system.
  • The Michipicoten River is running at high flows.
  • Wawa received about 53 mm over the past 24 hours, and was put on alert that an additional 25-35 mm of rain could fall today.
  • Forest access road culverts and water crossings are at or near their flow capacity across the Wawa District.

Road expected to re-open

Highway 17 between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie was expected to re-open completely on Tuesday after provincial police closed the southbound lanes of the highway due to a washout near Old Woman Bay.

The community emergency management co-ordinator with the municipality of Wawa said Highway 101 west of the community was closed due to high water levels.

Kathy Searer said the community is waiting to see if disaster relief funding will be needed.

"It all depends on the rainfall that they're forecasting for today and its impact on our community again," she said.

"So it's wait and see."

A spokesperson with the ministry of transportation said crews are waiting for the water on Highway 101 to go down before repairs can start.

Residents who live in Hawk Junction and Missanabie can still access their communities through Highway 101.