Brief Holiday Warming Spell not Expected to Cause any Flooding (media release, December 23, 2016)

December 23, 2016 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is looking ahead to the warm temperatures and rain forecast for December 26, but does not expect any runoff or flooding to result. The Boxing Day forecast is for 5-10 mm of rain and a high of +10°C.

“We are not expecting any runoff into streams and rivers, because the snow pack will absorb any rain and melting snow,” explained Mark Helsten, UTRCA Senior Water Resources Engineer.

“We do ask everyone to be very cautious near all watercourses, and to keep children and pets away,” said Helsten. “Any ice cover is unstable and thin, the streambanks are slippery and the water is very cold.”

A cold front is expected to arrive on December 27 and return temperatures to below or near zero for the foreseeable future.

The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock are at seasonal levels. UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.

See real-time Thames River water levels.

Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communications Specialist

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