Local Creeks & Rivers to Rise with Warm Temperatures & Rain (media release, January 10, 2017)
January 10, 2017 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) expects local rivers, creeks and ponds to rise again due to the rain and warm temperatures forecast to arrive this afternoon. The rain is expected to continue off and on for the next two days. Forecast totals range from 25 mm to 40 mm by the end of Thursday, with temperature highs expected around +5 degrees C.
While the UTRCA does not anticipate serious flooding, residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all streams, rivers, ditches and ponds, and keep children and pets away. Ice is unstable and thin, streambanks are slippery and the water is very cold.
“We expect peak flows in the Upper Thames watershed to develop during the day on Wednesday and continue into Thursday, as the flows move downstream,” said Mark Helsten, UTRCA Senior Water Resources Engineer. “There may be a second peak on Thursday and into Friday due to additional rain forecast Wednesday night and Thursday. Water levels will stay elevated over the weekend into early next week.”
Seasonal freezing temperatures are forecast to return on Friday.
The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are at seasonal levels, and will be operated to reduce downstream flooding effects. UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.
Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communications Specialist