Watercourses Rise in Response to Rain and Melting Snow (media release, January 12, 2017)
January 12, 2017 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) says between 20 and 50 mm of rain has fallen over the watershed in the past 48 hours, dependent upon location, with generally more rain in the northern portion of the watershed. An additional 5 to 10 mm of rain is possible later today. Most of the snow in the southern portion of the watershed has melted; some snow remains in the northern portion of the watershed.
Streams, rivers and ditches are rising in response to the rain and melting snow.
“Water levels will begin to peak later today in upstream locations, such as Mitchell, Stratford and Innerkip,” explained Mark Helsten, UTRCA Senior Water Resources Engineer. “The crest will move downstream throughout today and the Thames River will peak in Byron early on Friday.”
“We do not expect serious flooding but low lying areas will be flooded in many areas throughout the watershed, including Harris Park and potentially Gibbons Park, in London,” said Helsten.
Residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all rivers, streams, ditches and ponds, and keep children and pets away. Ice is unstable and thin, streambanks are slippery and the water is very cold.
Seasonal freezing temperatures are forecast to return later today, but warm temperatures and rain are again possible early next week.
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.
See Thames River water level information — www.thamesriver.on.ca
Contact: Eleanor Heagy, Communications Specialist