(update) Several northern highways remain closed. MNRF issues Flood Warning for District

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Searchmont is in a flood zone tonight. Thursday, October 11, 2018. goulais river pushing onward to Lake Superior. photo by Sue D.

8:00 pm, Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Update: 511 Northeastern Ontario (highway reporting tool) reports that:

Searchmont Highway 532 [ Sec #HWY 556 ], remains closed in both directions due to flooding at this time.

At Heyden, Ontario – Highway 556 remains closed in both directions from Jct. Highway 17 Heyden to Jct. Highway 129 to Aubrey Falls due to washout.

At Aubrey Falls, HWY 129 remains closed in both directions South of Chapleau from Junction #HWY 667 (Sulton Rd) to Junction HWY 17 in Thessalon due to a sinkhole.

At Cochrane HWY 652 remains closed in both directions N of Cochrane, Michel Lake Rd – Tweed Twp due to washout.

At Wawa HWY 101 is reduced to one lane from Wawa to Chapleau due to washout.

At Wawa HWY 17 reduced to one lane from Wawa to Batchawana due to road washout.

Wanup: HWY 537 at Jumbo Creek remains closed in both directions due to water over the road.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) – Sault Ste. Marie District is
advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect in the District.

Residents of the Sault Ste. Marie District should keep a close watch on water conditions,
regularly check for updated weather forecasts and stay away from fast-moving rivers and
streams. The MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed
conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms should taper off today and give way to light showers that are
expected to bring an additional 10mm of rain over the next few days.

A rainfall warning continues for: Agawa, Batchawana Bay, Chapleau, Dubreuilville, Lake Superior Park, Missinaibi Lake. Montreal River Harbour, Pukaskwa Park, Sault Ste. Marie, Searchmont, St. Joseph Island and Wawa White River.

Saultonline.com received these extraordinary pictures from Sue D. – Thank you Sue for sharing your photos of the Searchmont area with us. Searchmont is located in the Goulais River watershed.

Levels and flows in area watercourses have increased over night due to the heavy rain and
thunderstorms.

Residents within the Goulais River Watershed are advised that some areas within the flood plain are at flood critical levels. Water levels in the lower portion of the river are likely to increase over the next 24 hrs. as water makes its way from the upper watershed.

Other residents of the Sault Ste. Marie District are advised that low lying areas are now near flood critical levels.

The recent rain events have greatly increased water levels and flows in some of the Districts
watersheds. A sharp increase in water levels occurred over night as rain and thunderstorms
moved through the region. Flooding is possible or occurring in many low lying areas. A
close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Monday, October 15 2018, 12:00 pm.

Environment Canada bulletins can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/
The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found
at http://www.ontario.ca/flooding

Tweet your reports of flooding with the hashtag #ONFlood.