Flooding Update and Flood Relief Assistance

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Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians

Disaster Relief Assistance 2019

May 1, 2019

Flooding up-date

All year round “Municipally maintained” roads in the Township of Ryerson are now open. Please drive with caution as there are still areas prone to washouts. Half loads are still in effect. Public Works is planning to resume the normal maintenance schedule as soon as possible.

Properties that have been flooded are at risk of possible water contamination.  Residents in flooded areas with wells and septic systems that are under water or have been under water, are advised not to use their systems for drinking, bathing, and/or to wash laundry or dishes.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit advises that well water is to be tested as soon as possible.  Please refer to the information below from the Health Unit for information on water testing.

At this time the Tri-R Landfill site is not accepting flood related waste, due to possible contamination and landfill capacity.  However, the Tri-R municipalities (Burks Falls, Armour and Ryerson) are developing a plan to assist affected residents with waste disposal.  More information regarding waste disposal with be forthcoming.

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit


Collecting and Sending Drinking Water Samples

  1. Well-water and treated surface water used for drinking can be sent for testing. Untreated surface water will not be tested. You should test your water three times per year: Spring, Summer and Fall.
  2. Follow the instructions in your water sample kit to collect your drinking water sample.
  3. Fill out the form completely. Note: Your Health Unit # is 2247.
  4. Samples are not accepted on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the day before or day of statutory holidays.
  5. Bring your drinking water sample to the Health Unit on the SAME DAY you collect it. Keep your sample cool. Samples can be dropped off at the following locations:


Burk’s Falls Office

7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

17 Copeland St, Burk’s Falls

Parry Sound Office

7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

70 Joseph St, Parry Sound

North Bay Office

7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

345 Oak St W, North Bay



West Nipissing Municipal Office

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

225 Holditch St, Sturgeon Falls

Getting Your Lab Results


Prior to submission, remove one of the barcodes from the sample bottle and place it on the Water Results by Telephone Card (Blue). Follow the instructions on the card.


Select the box “Please mail to my mailing address above”. The report will be mailed to the address in the top left hand box of the form.

Pick up at the Laboratory:

Select the box “Pick up at the laboratory”. The laboratory will hold the report for two weeks after the sample is received; it will be mailed after this date. No report will be released without proper identification (e.g. photo ID). You may pick up your report at the Orillia Public Health Laboratory (Parry Sound Office and Burk’s Falls Office submissions) or the Sudbury Public Health Laboratory (North Bay Office and West Nipissing Municipal Office submissions).

You will not be able to pick up the report at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit or the West Nipissing Municipal Office.