While flooding or the threat thereof seems to be Ontario-wide, it’s not the case around Iroquois Falls and Cochrane.

Al Winters is the Cochrane District manager for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  Despite the snowy winter we had and the rainfall so far this spring, he says there’s no concern yet in the southern part of the district.

 “We are monitoring conditions closely along the Driftwood River and conducting routine maintenance to our Monteith dam, which is an MNR-responsible dam,” he says.“ So we’re monitoring flows and levels there almost daily, to accommodate changes in conditions.

“We’re also remaining in close contact with our dam operators within the Abitibi watershed to ensure that we all remain coordinated in our operations to accommodate all the water that is coming down through the system in an orderly fashion.”