Within minutes, crews from OPG’s North Bay Work Centre were on the ground to perform the required log operations to reduce the water flow. This quick action helped West Nipissing Power address their mechanical issue and prevent flooding downstream.
“We worked together to ensure that impacts were minimized and the response went as smoothly as possible,” said Bruce Robertson, VP of OPG’s Northeast Operations. “Communication, information-sharing and team work were all key to the safe resolution of this incident.”
OPG’s operations in the area have since returned to normal, with the quick action resulting in a Flood Warning being downgraded to a Watershed Conditions Statement.
To prepare for any future incidents, OPG’s Northeast Operations team will continue to work with West Nipissing Power to assist in emergency preparedness planning.
OPG advises the public to use caution on and around the Sturgeon River as water levels return to seasonal ranges.