UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m.
Water in the York River has been lowered again, to allow Bancroft to repair a damaged water structure.
The town announced late Thursday that it was working with partners to bring the level down another foot, so that the work can begin next week.
The drawdown isn’t expected to impact water users, but people may notice the river is much drier than normal.
The town asks people to use extreme caution around the river, as the exposed banks are icy and slippery.
Anyone with concerns is asked to call Bancroft. Another update is expected by Tuesday.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Water in the York River will remain low for the next seven to 10 days, as Bancroft repairs a water structure.
The town gained permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources to use dams to begin lowering the levels over the weekend. It’s so they can fix damage that was found during an inspection last week.
The work is expected to start later in the week, weather permitting.
In the meantime, the town asks people to be careful around the river, as the exposed river banks may be icy and slippery.
General Manager Andra Kauffeldt says the unusual water levels aren’t expected to impact Bancroft water users, but people may notice them.
Anyone with concerns can contact the town. An update on the situation is expected on or before Friday.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.
You may notice the water level in the York River is lower than normal now. Town officials say not to worry about it, as it’s deliberate.
A breach found in a Bancroft water control structure prompted the town to work with partners to lower the water over the weekend. The town received permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources to alter the level so repairs can be made.
Bancroft CAO Andra Kauffeldt says the water level is still low but stable now – and it will likely be that way for a week or so.
She said it’s not expected to have an impact of Bancroft water users. However, residents downtstream from Bancroft may notice increased flows and residents upstream may see exposed water lines.