Brief Thaw & Rain Expected to cause Minor Runoff (media release, February 6, 2017)

February 6, 2017 – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) expects tomorrow’s brief warm spell and rain to cause minor runoff into watershed streams, rivers and ditches. The UTRCA expects flows to peak overnight Tuesday and throughout Wednesday, and to remain elevated for the rest of the week.

“We remind everyone to be very cautious near watercourses, and to keep children and pets away. Any ice cover is unstable and thin, streambanks are slippery and the water is very cold,” said Mark Shifflett, UTRCA Senior Water Resources Engineer.

Forecasts call for 20-35 mm of rain. Temperatures are expected to reach 7-9 degrees C, before dropping to below zero Tuesday night and remaining below freezing for the next several days.

“We expect stream flows to be similar to or less than the flows we saw in the January melts,” said Shifflett.

The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas are available to assist in managing runoff. UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.

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