A flood watch has been issued for residents on a number of roads in the Laurenson's Lake, Mink Bay, and Winnipeg River areas of Kenora.

Residences on Sedesky Road, Wildwood Drive, West Bay Road, and Second West Bay Road be aware of rising water levels.

The city says, "residents should closely monitor the water levels on roads they travel in these areas, as the flood watch could be escalated to a recommended evacuation or evacuation order at any time."

Lake of the Woods is already above the 2014 peak and is expected to continue to rise as record levels of flooding have been reported upstream.

The Lake of the Woods Control Board anticipates water levels will increase by 15 - 21 cm over the next week on Lake of the Woods.

This has the city concerned about rising water levels on many urban roads.

Work continues on the rebuilding of roads in the evacuated area north of the Kenora by-pass, but the work is being slowed by the volume of vehicles travelling on these closed roads, says the city.

"Movement on these roads is creating additional damage and delaying the opening of the roads as maintenance needs to be completed prior to reopening."

The city asks that the public refrain from using the roads that are closed so that we may conduct the necessary repairs and reopen them as soon as the works can be completed.

Sandbags continue to be available for residents at Fire Station 1 and residents who require these to protect their homes in areas not already evacuated should act quickly to ensure they continue to have road access.

Residents are being asked to reach out to the city by email, service@kenora.ca, or by phone, 807-467-2000, to report water that is at concerning levels or flooded roads/areas.