Forecast Rain will keep Streams and Rivers High (media release, February 28, 2017)
Feb 28, 2017 – Rain is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow, with possible thunderstorms overnight. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) says the ground is already saturated so the rain will be running off into watercourses.
“We expect the rain to keep streams and rivers high all week,” said Mark Helsten, Senior Water Resources Engineer. “Flows will start to peak on Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday, as the crest moves downstream into London.”
The UTRCA reminds residents to use extreme caution near all watercourses, and keep children and pets away. Streambanks are slippery, the water is very cold, and any remaining ice is unstable and thin.
With the current forecasts, the UTRCA expects some minor flooding of low lying areas. Localized higher flows could be observed as a result of thunderstorm activity.
The UTRCA’s flood control reservoirs at Fanshawe, Wildwood and Pittock Conservation Areas will be operated to assist in managing runoff. UTRCA officials are monitoring the situation, and will report on any changing conditions if necessary.
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